Musikwissenschaftliches Institut

Subproject A: Sacred Sound – Sacred Space

Research questions

  • How important are the acoustic conditions in sacred spaces? Do there exist ideal conditions?
  • Are there good and less good conditions for the practice of religious rituals going beyond speech intelligibilty or the apropriateness of reverbation time?
  • Are there repercussions of room acoustics on the historical development of textual and musical contents of the rituals?
  • Are there repercussions of space on the implementation practice of the rituals?
  • Which are the intercultural and interreligious commonalities and differences and how do they depend on the acoustic-architectural characteristics of sacred space?