A joint effort by Franz Heuchel, Diego Nozal and Efrén Fernandez Grande has won this years pitch battle. Franz presented his and Diegos paper ‘Sound Field Control for Outdoor Concerts’ and both were especially thankful to Efrén for all his help in preparing the presentation.
With the steady rise of outdoor concerts and festivals in Europe, policy makers around the world are increasingly aware of the impact of environmental noise on the wellbeing of their citizens. As a consequence, organizers of open air concerts and festivals are facing the challenge of delivering exciting and loud audio experiences to their guests, while at the same time having to comply with local regulations. The purpose of this research project is to determine how such noise can be reduced with methods of active sound field control.