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Grounded theory-based subjective evaluation of traditional Chinese performance buildings

Zhu, J; Kang, J; Ma, H; Wang, C; (2020) Grounded theory-based subjective evaluation of traditional Chinese performance buildings. Applied Acoustics , 168 , Article 107417. 10.1016/j.apacoust.2020.107417.

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Abstract

Traditional Chinese performance buildings and performing arts are different from those in the west. However, sound quality evaluation factors for western halls have been used in traditional Chinese performance buildings for a long time. In this study, grounded theory was used to establish a sound quality evaluation system for traditional Chinese performance buildings. The subjective evaluation system for a traditional Chinese performance building was divided into the following six aspects: loudness dominant (loudness, definition, loudness balance, stage support (overall), and spaciousness); frequency dominant (brightness and fullness); reflected sound dominant (crispness, richness, harshness, and fusion); direction dominant (envelopment and directivity); quietness; and cultural cognition. The evaluation dimensions of western and traditional Chinese performance buildings were compared. In the Chinese evaluation system, the preference for loudness and brightness was higher than that in the western system. Moreover, crispness, harshness, and cultural cognition were not common in the western evaluation system, whereas envelopment and directivity were rarely mentioned in traditional Chinese evaluation system. Finally, the reasons for the differences between the two evaluation systems were analysed according to the architectural form, performance content, and culture. Envelopment, directivity, and quietness were found to be related to the differences in the architectural form and structure. The preference for brightness, crispness, and definition may be related to the form of performance. The ‘competitiveness’ and ‘renao’ (jollification) in traditional Chinese opera performances, as well as aesthetic pursuits had significant effects on the cultural differences.

Type: Article
Title: Grounded theory-based subjective evaluation of traditional Chinese performance buildings
DOI: 10.1016/j.apacoust.2020.107417
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apacoust.2020.107417
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Chinese performance building, Sound quality subjective evaluation, Grounded theory, Chinese–western differences
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10100655
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