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North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC 27607)
John N. Wall (Project Director: February 2015 to January 2022)
David Brian Hill (Co Project Director: July 2015 to January 2022)
Yun Jing (Co Project Director: July 2015 to January 2022)

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants
Digital Humanities

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$324,135 (approved)
$323,738 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2021

Acoustic Modeling in Historical Research

Further work on a three-dimensional, immersive model of the visual and aural environment of St. Paul's Cathedral and Churchyard as they stood in London during the early 17th century. The project would also further develop and publicly release open-source software for the modeling and representation of sound in historic spaces.

Our objective is to develop an open-source software package for use in modeling the acoustic properties of historic spaces. This software will be based on the currently available open-source program i-Simpa (, which utilizes ray-tracing for acoustic propagation modeling. We will add capabilities for auralization and play-back which are essential for us to understand how sound behaves in virtual models of historic spaces. When used in conjunction with recordings of sound made under anechoic conditions, we will be able to experience recreated performances of historic events as they unfold, in real time, in highly accurate virtual models of the spaces in which they originally happened.