Workshop D

Dr. Ing Iker Olabe

Ear training: The musicians listening perspective.

Hearing is the only sense which is always working 24 hours a day 365 days per year whether we are asleep or awake but on the other hand we usually have less developed or trained than our eyesight, usually optimized to understand and quite lazy in other fields.
As musicians we have our hearing much more trained in identifying attributes such as pitch, sound pressure level, presence… in order to craft the right sound with our instruments. If a professional musician rehearses 4- 6 hours a day with his instrument he should have his analysis tool fine tuned to it´s best and that is where ear training comes in. The better our hearing the faster we can achieve results and analyze problems.
We will divide listening into two categories : Musical and Acoustic.
Most musicians will be aware of musical hearing : mainly including pitch, dynamics, attack, sustain and decay of the sound they perform.
Acoustic listening concerns qualities of the sound performed in that precise room i.e.: reverb time, naturalness, localization, room envelopment, source distance ..
The ideal approach as performers is being conscious of Musical and Acoustic listening in order to produce the best sound for our listeners. Every acoustic space will require slightly different playing and even tempo if we are aware of reverb time.
In this workshop a detailed explanation of the above will be given. A demonstration of some auralisations from the listeners and players perspective in several seats of a concert hall will be given. Likewise some tips and tools will be delivered in order to evaluate a concert hall from the performers point of view.
The ideal performer will be able to integrate musical and acoustic listening and always have a precise idea of the sound he/she is delivering to his/her audience in the acoustic space provided.

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