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Stirnrat, Claudia

M.A. Claudia Stirnat

Doctoral Student

phone: 03677 69-2856

fax: 03677 69-1255
Helmholtz-Building, Room H 3522



Major interest:

  • Spatial Audio
  • Audio-visual perception
  • Music and spaciousness
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Room acoustics
  • Music and stress/health:

Dissertation on

"Perception of Spaciousness in Music and Film"

The research projects aims to find out more about the interaction between auditory and visual input in respect to spaciousness.


„Sound fields are preferred when spaciousness is perceived over sound fields in which spaciousness is not recognized. Studies have been investigated spaciousness in rooms such as concert halls. In media science, audition has often been neglected while focussing on the visual aspect. This research project will investigate the role of music in audio-visual contexts such as films in respect of perceived spaciousness in one or more scenarios. Therefore, a concept for psychoacoustic experiments will be presented by introducing perception tests and measurements for objective comparison. It is expected that music will have an impact on the perception so that a film excerpt will

be rated more spacious with music. In addition, the kind of music (e.g. instrumentation, number of instruments) will have an influence as well. Sound designers, film music composers, researchers and engineers will benefit from these results by getting a better understanding of how to compose music and how to use audio signals in an audiovisual context to yield a spacious experience.“ 



Brandenburg, K.; Fiedler, B.; Fischer, G.; Klein, F. Neidhardt, A.; Schneiderwind, C.; Sloma, U.;
Stirnat, C. & Werner, S. (2019), "Perceptual aspects in spatial audio processing". In:  
Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics, 9-13th of September in
Aachen, Germany, pp. 3354 – 3360, online access:

Stirnat. C., “Concept for the Investigation of Perceived Spaciousness in Music and Film”. In: Proceedings of DAGA, Rostock, Germany, 2019,

Stirnat, C. & Ziemer, T., “Spaciousness in Music: The Tonmeister’s Intention and the Listener’s Perception”. In: Philipp Kessling and Thomas Görne (editors). KLG 2017. Klingt gut! 2017 – International Symposium on Sound, vol. 1, 2019, S. 42 – 51.

Stirnat, C., “How Important is the Reproduction Technique for the Perception of Spaciousness in Music?” In: The 9th International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus16), Jyväskylän yliopisto, June 8-10th 2016: programme, abstracts & proceedings. Department of Music, University of Jyväskylä & Finnish Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research, 2016.          [02.04.2019]

Thiesen, F. C., Hammerschmidt, D., Stirnat, C., & Lin, H. (in print, 2018). "Expressive Interaction with Music: 25 Jahre European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music 2017", Gent, Belgien (31.07.-04.08.17). Jahrbuch Musikpsychologie.

Stirnat, C., Perception of Spaciousness using Wave Field Synthesis, Headphones and Loudspeakers, Master’s Thesis, University of Hamburg, 2016.

Stirnat, C., Percepted Spaciousness of different Musical Genres, Bachelor’s Thesis, University of Hamburg, 2012.

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2018 phd student at the Electronic Media Technology Group at TU Ilmenau

2012 – 2017 Master of Arts in Systematic Musicology at University of Hamburg

2012 – 2013 Erasmus exchange, participant in the international Master program „Music, Mind, and Technology“ at University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Exchange at university Jyväskylä, Finnland in the international master course „Music, Mind, and Technology“

2008 – 2012 Bachelor of Arts in Systematic Musicology and Media and Communication science at University of Hamburg




  • SysMus Executive Committee  (2018 – 2020)
  • German Society for Music Psychology (DGM)
  • Academic Orchestra of TU Ilmenau
  • Ilmenau Student Television (iSTUFF)