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Paper Spotlight – Prediction of annoyance due to live music

In our spotlighted paper this week, “Towards a subjective quantification of noise annoyance due to outdoor events,” Charbel Hourani and Adam Hill explore the complex nature of noise annoyance and its impact on communities surrounding outdoor events. This innovative research is relevant to event organizers, policymakers, and community leaders, providing a novel approach to understanding […]

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Paper Spotlight – Investigating the acoustic transparency of materials at live events

This week’s paper spotlight features “The effect of purported acoustically transparent materials on sound propagation” by Zsombor Szoke, Jon Burton, Adam Hill, and Mark Dring and provides an in-depth look at how materials used in stage designs, like LED walls and acoustic scrims, influence sound quality at live events. This research is of interest to […]

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Paper Spotlight – A critical analysis of inaudibility criteria

This week we look at “Inaudibility criteria and alternative methods for controlling music noise levels from late night entertainment,” by James Gardner, Gareth Hance, and Adam Hill, which looks into the complex issue of managing noise from late-night venues without dampening the spirit of live entertainment. This paper is crucial for policymakers, venue owners, and […]

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Paper Spotlight – Audience participatory noise at live events

This week we spotlight “The influence of audience participatory noise on sound levels at live events,” by Marcel Kok, Adam Hill, Jon Burton, and Jos Mulder, which sheds light on the significant impact that audience participatory noise, such as cheering and clapping, has on sound levels at live music events. This research is a must-read […]

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Derby welcomes series of guest speakers in early-2019

We’re fortunate at Derby to have many friends in the industry who regularly give their time to come in and give guest lectures/demos to our students. Early-2019 isn’t looking too bad, with guests including: Jon Burton FOH engineer for The Prodigy Jon will be stopping over to talk to our undergraduate and masters students about […]