The Anechoic Voice

Many thanks to Marina Theodoropoulou who kindly gave us permission to user her voice as a means to audition and demonstrate the acoustics of the different spaces found on the site. The sound was recorded by Aglaia Foteinou in an anechoic chamber.

Measurements in St Albans Cathedral

The Open AIR team wish to acknowledge the help and support of Dr. Gavin Kearney and colleagues at Trinity College Dublin as well as Fiona Smyth and Donal Lennon of the Musical Acoustics in Architecture Group at the Urban Institute, University College Dublin, in gaining access to St Albans Cathedral as part of their project team. In addition we thank the Dean and Chapter of St Albans Cathedral for allowing this measurement work to go ahead. Finally thanks go to Aglaia Foteinou and Sorrel Hoare from the Audio Lab, York, for their practical help during the acoustic measurement process.

Website Development and Design

This website is based on the original design by Simon Shelley. Many thanks to Kevin Morgan for his valuable feedback during the development process. Thanks also to Dr. Andrew Greensted for his extremely useful advice at the early stages of the project. Andy is author of the excellent Lab Book Pages website,


This work has been supported by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grant number AH/H036938/1. Each year the AHRC provides funding from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities. Only applications of the highest quality are funded and the range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to: