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Publication . Conference object . 2021

La Vierge 2020: Reconstructing a Virtual Concert Performance Through Historic Auralisation of Notre-Dame Cathedral

F.G. Katz Brian; David Poirier-Quinot; Jean-Marc Lyzwa;
Open Access
Published: 01 Sep 2021
Publisher: IEEE
Country: France

International audience; In honour of the International Year of Sound and for the 1 year memorial of the Notre-Dame cathedral fire, a team of researchers and sound engineers created a virtual reconstruction of a concert in the cathedral, using close-mic recordings made on 24-April-2013 of a performance of La Vierge by Jules Massenet. This reconstruction was carried out during the period of strict COVID-19 confinement. With 83 musicians, 6 singers and a 160person choir spatially distributed throughout the cathedral, the original performance offered a spatial composition highlighting the complex acoustics and interactions between source and listener positions. Individual tracks were convolved with spatial room impulse responses, created from a calibrated geometrical acoustic simulation. Several listening positions were binaurally rendered, along with an artistic mix created by a sound engineer, offering a unique 3d-audio experience approaching the reality of the moment in the past. Distributed on-line, the website presenting this virtual reconstruction has been visited from users around the world. A listener opinion survey was included on the website. This paper presents an overview of the source material, the production workflow, and the challenges of realising such a production during confinement. Finally, an overview of visitor statistics and survey results is presented, providing insight into the reception of the virtual recreation and the interest towards future productions.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Room acoustics Visual arts History Visitor pattern Active listening Choir Sound (geography) geography.geographical_feature_category geography Workflow Composition (language) Period (music)


Heritage acoustics, room acoustics, auralization, [INFO.INFO-SD]Computer Science [cs]/Sound [cs.SD]

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