Laboratory equipment at Musical performance

Published: 31 March 2011

The year 2007 saw the inauguration of the new concert hall, Studio Acusticum (http://www.acusticum.com), whose ceiling can be raised and lowered up to 5 feet by an electric motor. This allows considerable variation in the acoustics (between 1.2 and 2.6 seconds reverberation time), which means that the hall can be adapted for different types of concerts and also can serve as a laboratory for research in music, audio technology and applied acoustics, enabling research into the relationship between acoustic properties and music-making.

Organ Acusticum at Luleå University of Technology, situated in the concert hall Studio Acusticum, is a pioneering innovative organ of one of Europe's foremost organ builders, Gerald Woehl, Marburg, Germany (http://acusticumorgan.com). Inaugurated in October 2012, The organ has a classic core inspired by German 18th-century organ building, and in addition a large number of stops representing various 19th- and 20th-century traditions. It also contains a number of percussion stops. Planned additions include a unique harmonics division that will enable entirely new timbres. The organ will also be playable over the Internet. Organ Acusticum has been the subject of a doctoral dissertation, "Never Heard Before: A Musical Exploration of Organ Voicing" by João Segurado (2015), and is a part of the ongoing research project ”Room for Interpretation”, where the relationship of musical performance and room acoustics is investigated.  

Of major importance for artistic research and development work is also the professional chamber ensemble Norrbotten NEO (http://www.norrbottenneo.com), formed in 2007, a leading ensemble specializing in contemporary music. Norrbotten NEO is domiciled in Studio Acusticum.

Even apart from what has been mentioned above, the department is well equipped for interdisciplinary research combining music and technology. The recording equipment is among the best in Sweden and includes advanced digital recording and editing facilities as well as microphones and mixing desks of the highest professional standard.