The Acoustic Environment of York Minster’s Chapter House
2. The York Minster’s Chapter House
2.1. Overview of its Construction Process and Architectural Description
2.2. A Singular Space for A Variety of Uses
“sometimes the stone seats around the space are used, perhaps one speaker at a time may stand towards the centre, and other times, there is a table placed in the centre of the Chapter House and modern chairs are used”.
3. Methodology of Analysis
3.1. Acoustic Measurements in the Chapter House
3.2. Acoustic Simulation of the Space
3.2.1. Acoustic Model
3.2.2. Acoustic Simulation Details
4. Results and Discussion
4.1. Acoustics of the York Minster’s Chapter House Today
4.2. Acoustics of the York Minster’s Chapter House before any Restoration Work
“It doesn’t take much to any other sound to start competing with you. You don’t need to raise your voice very much to talk in there, but if other people are saying something even quite low, kind of conversation, it can start to build the sound very quickly”.
“I do love performing in the Chapter House…I like the challenge of the singing as a group and not being able to rely in what you hear and the overall sound being quite spectacular, but needs to be the right repertoire in the right space”.
Conflicts of Interest
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|Approximate Interior Volume||Max Interior Height||Max Interior Length||Octagon Side’s Length||Approximate Interior Floor Surface|
|5280 m3||20.3 m||19.2 m a||6.95 m||240 m2|
|Source position ID||S1||S2|
|Num. Rec. points||10||8|
|Receiver points ID||R01 – R10||R01, R04 – R06, R08 – R11|
|Absorption Coefficients||Scatt. Coef||Area (m2)|
|Frequency (Hz)||125||250||500||1 k||2 k||4 k||707||-|
|Limestone walls and seats||0.02||0.02||0.03||0.04||0.05||0.05||0.05||686.8|
|Lath and plaster vault1||0.16||0.16||0.16||0.17||0.24||0.24||0.35||321.0|
|Frequency Band (Hz)||125||250||500||1 k||2k||4 k|
|Frequency Band (Hz)||125||250||500||1k||2k||4k|
|T30-M vs. T30-CS (s)||–1.10||–1.01||–1.22||–0.93||–0.44||–0.17|
|T30-M vs. T30-CS (JND)||–4.40||–3.91||–4.39||–3.55||–2.10||–1.21|
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Álvarez-Morales, L.; Lopez, M.; Álvarez-Corbacho, Á. The Acoustic Environment of York Minster’s Chapter House. Acoustics 2020, 2, 13-36. https://doi.org/10.3390/acoustics2010003
Álvarez-Morales L, Lopez M, Álvarez-Corbacho Á. The Acoustic Environment of York Minster’s Chapter House. Acoustics. 2020; 2(1):13-36. https://doi.org/10.3390/acoustics2010003Chicago/Turabian Style
Álvarez-Morales, Lidia, Mariana Lopez, and Ángel Álvarez-Corbacho. 2020. "The Acoustic Environment of York Minster’s Chapter House" Acoustics 2, no. 1: 13-36. https://doi.org/10.3390/acoustics2010003