Topical Collection "Historical Acoustics"

Editor

Dr. Francesco Aletta
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UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, The Bartlett, University College London (UCL), 14 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0NN, UK
Interests: environmental acoustics; soundscape; community noise; noise annoyance; urban planning; environmental design; environmental assessment; landscape design
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Dear Colleagues,

Further to the success of the Special Issue "Historical Acoustics: Relationships between People and Sound over Time", we are delighted to open this topic collection.

Scientific acoustical studies date back to the 6th century BC, with ancient Greek philosophers, and were developed later on by Roman architects and engineers. The establishment of “acoustics” as the science of the “production, transmission and effects of sound” in our modern understanding can be determined to have happened approximately two hundred years ago. Societies and cultures have been more or less aware of the importance of “sound” and the science underpinning it, and acoustics have always played a central role in our lives and evolution.

Recent research outcomes from archaeoacoustics, investigating the auditory and acoustic environment of prehistoric sites and monuments, have been very fruitful. The aim of this Topic Collection is to explore the origins of acoustics, by examining relationships between people and sound over time. The topics include but are not limited to:

  • Acoustic characterization of prehistorical and historical spaces and buildings;
  • Acoustics of worship spaces (e.g., temples, mosques, churches) and ancient theaters;
  • Auralization of soundscapes of the past;
  • Soundscape of heritage sites and sound as cultural heritage;
  • Literature reviews on acoustic treaties.

Dr. Francesco Aletta
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the collection website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Acoustics is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Historical acoustics
  • Archaeoacoustics
  • Ancient theatres
  • Worship acoustics
  • Soundscapes of the past
  • Cultural heritage

Related Special Issue

Published Papers (1 paper)

2020

Open AccessArticle
Handclap for Acoustic Measurements: Optimal Application and Limitations
Acoustics 2020, 2(2), 224-245; https://doi.org/10.3390/acoustics2020015 - 26 Apr 2020
Abstract
Handclap is a convenient and useful acoustic source. This study aimed to explore its optimal application and limitations for acoustic measurements as well for other possible utilizations. For this purpose, the following steps were performed: investigation of the optimal hand configuration for acoustic [...] Read more.
Handclap is a convenient and useful acoustic source. This study aimed to explore its optimal application and limitations for acoustic measurements as well for other possible utilizations. For this purpose, the following steps were performed: investigation of the optimal hand configuration for acoustic measurements and measurements at different microphone source distances and at different spaces and positions. All measurements were performed with a handclap and a dodecahedron speaker for comparison. The results indicate that the optimal hand configuration (among 11) is with the hands cupped and held at an angle due to the superior low frequency spectrum. This configuration produced usable acoustic parameter measurements in the low frequency range in common room background levels unlike other configurations. The reverberation time was measured across different spaces and positions with a deviation less than three and just a noticeable difference of the signal-to-noise ratio within or near the ISO 3382-1 limits for each corresponding octave band. Other acoustic parameters (i.e., early decay time, clarity) were measured with greater deviations for reasons discussed in the text. Finally, practical steps for measurements with a handclap as an acoustic source are suggested. Full article
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