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Paper Spotlight – An improved omnidirectional loudspeaker

This week we feature the paper, “The ICOSSA Project – An improved omnidirectional sound source for room acoustic testing,” by David Gilfillan, Glenn Leembruggen, and Adam Hill, which presents an interesting advancement in the field of room acoustics. This paper is relevant to acoustics professionals, sound engineers, and venue designers, as it introduces an innovative […]

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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 […]

Charbel Hourani presenting his research.

EARLab staff and students present five papers at international conference

Last week, members of the University of Derby Electro-Acoustics Research Lab (EARLab) traveled to Bristol for the 39th annual Institute of Acoustics Reproduced Sound conference. The conference represents the cutting edge of modern audio and acoustics and allows consultants, manufacturers, contractors, end users, academics, and students to mingle and share insights and information. There were […]

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Introducing EARLab!

We’re thrilled to introduce the University of Derby‘s newly established Electro-Acoustics Research Lab (EARLab). We’ve worked over the last few years to reconfigure our research activity into a cohesive group that covers our unique and exciting work in the field of electroacoustics and beyond. In the coming months, we aim to engage with the public […]