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The Audience Effect on the Acoustics of Ancient Theaters in Modern Use

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Ancient theaters are used in modern contexts for different types of shows. When ancient theaters are used for musical performances, the audience criticizes the acoustics due to either not being able to understand what is spoken or the weakness of the music. An important aspect is the presence of the audience in the cavea, with it being important to understand whether it can have a negative role. Since it is not possible to take acoustic measurements during theater performances, the evaluation of the effects of the presence of the audience on the acoustics is carried out virtually through the software, “Odeon,” in which the presence of the audience is simulated by changing the absorption coefficient value of the cavea.

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