Nature of orchestral noise

O'Brien, Ian, Wilson, Wayne and Bradley, Andrew (2008) Nature of orchestral noise. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 124 2: 926-939. doi:10.1121/1.2940589

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Author O'Brien, Ian
Wilson, Wayne
Bradley, Andrew
Title Nature of orchestral noise
Journal name Journal of the Acoustical Society of America   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-4966
Publication date 2008-08
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1121/1.2940589
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 124
Issue 2
Start page 926
End page 939
Total pages 14
Place of publication Melville, NY, United States
Publisher A I P Publishing LLC
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
110319 Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
920505 Occupational Health
Abstract Professional orchestral musicians are at risk of exposure to excessive noise when at work. This is an industry-wide problem that threatens not only the hearing of orchestral musicians but also the way orchestras operate. The research described in this paper recorded noise levels within a professional orchestra over three years in order to provide greater insight to the orchestral noise environment; to guide future research into orchestral noise management and hearing conservation strategies; and to provide a basis for the future education of musicians and their managers. Every rehearsal, performance, and recording from May 2004 to May 2007 was monitored, with the woodwind, brass, and percussion sections monitored in greatest detail. The study recorded dBALEQ and dBC peak data, which are presented in graphical form with accompanying summarized data tables. The findings indicate that the principal trumpet, first and third horns, and principal trombone are at greatest risk of exposure to excessive sustained noise levels and that the percussion and timpani are at greatest risk of exposure to excessive peak noise levels. However, the findings also strongly support the notion that the true nature of orchestral noise is a great deal more complex than this simple statement would imply.
Keyword Orchestral noise
Noise induced hearing loss
Musicians noise exposure
Symphony orchestra
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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