Historically Based Room Acoustic Analysis and Auralization of a Church in the 1470s

Hanna Autio, Mathias Barbagallo, Carolina Ask, Delphine Bard, Eva Lindqvist Sandgren, Karin Strinnholm Lagergren

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Worship space acoustics have been established as an important part of a nation’s cultural heritage and area of acoustic research, but more research is needed regarding the region of northern Europe. This paper describes the historical acoustics of an important abbey church in Sweden in the 1470s. A digital historical reconstruction is developed. Liturgical material specific to this location is recorded and auralized within the digital reconstruction, and a room acoustic analysis is performed. The analysis is guided by liturgical practices in the church and the monastic order connected to it. It is found that the historical sound field in the church is characterized by the existence of two distinct acoustical subspaces within it, each corresponding to a location dedicated to the daily services of the monastical congregations. The subspaces show significantly better acoustic conditions for liturgical activities compared to the nave, which is very reverberant under the conditions of daily services. Acoustic transmission from the two subspaces is limited, indicating that the monastic congregations were visually and acoustically separated from the visitors in the nave and each other
Original languageEnglish
Article number1586
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
  • History


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