What is it about?

This paper reviews some noise incidents due to concerts at the Hong Kong Stadium and Chinese operas at other public places. We suggest that virtual reality technologies shall be utilized so that stakeholders can hear the possible soundscape and noisescape at different periods of a musical event during the public engagement.

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Why is it important?

Hong Kong has two mega-projects underway that include open-air concert venues. One of them is called the Kai Tak Sports Park and another is the West Kowloon Cultural District. As an open-air concert venue will produce amplified music and noise from audience, as well as vehicular traffic noise and crowd noise before and after the concerts, a prior analysis of soundscape and noisescape in the district due to musical events is highly desirable.


Although people learn from mistakes, we should try our best to avoid them if we have the technologies to eliminate some of the silly ones.

Professor W.M. To
Macao Polytechnic University

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This page is a summary of: Soundscape design of an open-air concert venue using virtual reality technologies, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, May 2017, Acoustical Society of America (ASA),
DOI: 10.1121/1.4987770.
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