Performance studio

The Performance Space on Level 7 is a state-of-the-art multi-purpose audiovisual and motion capture research facility, allowing the scientific study of music performance, spatial audio, dance, gesture, rhythm and synchrony. With a seating capacity of 40 people via retractable seating, the Performance Lab is an ideal venue for functions, conferences, musical performances, and research.

The Performance Lab comprises the following facilities:

  • Several acoustically isolated and treated spaces (each has a unique reverberation time). There are large windows between all rooms to allow musicians to maintain eye-contact.
  • A large Performance/installation space with the following:
    • Retractable seating for up to 40 audience members
    • Sonic spatialization with 16 rack-mounted loudspeakers and four additional subwoofers
    • A full LED lighting system (spots, fills, coloured effects)
    • A projection system with a large screen folding across walls
    • An infrared motion capture system
  • A control room with a 6-speaker surround system for high-quality mixing and mastering, and interfaces to control the performance in the above Performance space
  • A small instrument/vocal booth
  • A practice and storage room
  • A MIDI-compatible Yamaha grand piano (Disklavier)
  • Three Yamaha Clavinovas
  • Several high-quality microphones (including stereo-matched)
  • Several digital audio interfaces and pre-amps

The Music Science Research Theme

Theme leader: Dr Andrew Milne

Collaborators include: Prof. Roger Dean, Dr Simon Chambers, Dr Anna Fiveash, Dr Steffen Herff, Dr John Taylor, Dr Mark Temple (faculty); Siyao Cheng, Anita Connell, Cameron Undy (PhD candidates).

The Performance Lab is used to support the following areas of the Music Science research theme:

  • Perception and cognition of music for Western and non-Western listeners – e.g., affective responses to musical loudness, timbre, harmony, tonality, rhythms, meter, and spatialisation, and the way such responses vary between cultures.
  • Sociocultural mediation of music production and appreciation.
  • Computational and algorithmic generation of music – e.g., through mathematical idealisations and deep learning.
  • Use of music to enhance well-being and in therapeutic contexts – e.g., investigating cognitive benefits for older adults learning musical instruments, and using music to positively influence mood.
  • Studying musical performance and interaction between performers – e.g., how the rhythmic timing of one performer influences another performer.
  • Effects of music on the brain – e.g., using EEG to show how heard rhythms are transformed into brainwaves.
  • Development and testing of new musical interfaces – hardware and software – designed to facilitate the production of conventional and novel music (e.g., microtonal or polyrhythmic).
  • Composition and performance of new and experimental music informed by the above research topics (research-led practice).

FloorPlan

    Performance Lab

    Location: Westmead Innovation Quarter, level 7
    Size: 102 sqm
    Room Type: Testing Room
    Acoustics (partition to adjoining room): DnTw 60 - 65
    Acoustics (partition to corridor): DnTw 60 - 65
    Acoustics (door): Rw 60
    Mechanical Services & external noise intrusion Limit: LAEQ, T , dBA): 25 – 30
    Reverberation Time Limit (RT60, S) - Average of 500 & 1000 Hz: 0.4 to 0.6s at mid frequencies rising to 0.7 s at 63 Hz

    Control Room

    Location: Westmead Innovation Quarter, level 7
    Size: 17 sqm
    Room Type: Control Room
    Acoustics (partition to adjoining room): DnTw 60 - 65
    Acoustics (partition to corridor): DnTw 60 - 65
    Acoustics (door): Rw 60
    Mechanical Services & external noise intrusion Limit: LAEQ, T , dBA): 25 – 30
    Reverberation Time Limit (RT60, S) - Average of 500 & 1000 Hz: 0.3 to 0.5s at mid frequencies rising to 0.7 s at 63 Hz

    Instrument Booth

    Location: Westmead Innovation Quarter, level 7
    Size: 6 sqm
    Room Type: Testing Room
    Acoustics: (partition to adjoining room): DnTw 60 - 65
    Acoustics: (partition to corridor): DnTw 60 - 65
    Acoustics (door): Rw 60
    Mechanical Services & external noise intrusion Limit: LAEQ, T , dBA): 25 – 30
    Reverberation Time Limit (RT60, S) - Average of 500 & 1000 Hz: 0.25s at mid frequencies rising to 0.5s at 50 Hz

    Piano Room

    Location: Westmead Innovation Quarter, level 7
    Size: 24 sqm
    Room Type: Testing Room
    Acoustics (partition to adjoining room): DnTw 60 - 65
    Acoustics (partition to corridor): DnTw 60 - 65
    Acoustics (door): Rw 60
    Mechanical Services & external noise intrusion Limit: LAEQ, T , dBA): 25 – 30
    Reverberation Time Limit (RT60, S) - Average of 500 & 1000 Hz: 0.3 to 0.5s at mid frequencies rising to 0.7 s at 63 Hz