Architecture, Acoustics and Reflected Sound Term Paper by Master Researcher

Architecture, Acoustics and Reflected Sound
A discussion on how acoustics and reflected sound and used in architecture.
# 38328 | 900 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 08, 2003 in Architecture (Buildings) , Music Studies (General)

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This paper examines architecture, acoustics and reflected sound and explains how rooms and concert halls are designed to minimize reflected noise and enhance sound quality. The paper discusses how an acoustician can employ mathematical calculations and experiments with models to determine the sound qualities of the space and can employ additional reflectors and absorbents to 'tune' the space. The paper explains that this combination permits the acoustician to maximize the quality of sound in a concert hall.

From the Paper:

"Architectural acoustics present acousticians with a series of complex and interrelated problems. Sound diffusion must be regulated to create an even volume, at all frequencies, throughout the hall while clarity and echo are controlled. At the same time the acoustician must insure that the performers are able to hear one another on stage adequately. Finally, the design of a particular theatre or studio may have to accommodate both drama (the spoken word) and orchestral music. Thus, the acoustic designer confronts a wealth of variables. However, efforts to achieve any one of these goals often have detrimental impacts on other aspects of the overall sound quality.
"Moreover, the acoustician must confront a myriad of other interests including the aesthetic objectives of the architects, the structural demands of the engineers, and, even, the political and/or personal goals of those funding the project. During construction of the Meyerson Symphony Centre in Dallas-Fort Worth it is reported that the architect I M Pei and the acoustician, Russell Johnson both threatened to resign over their conflicts and Pei publicly referred to Johnson as "an acoustic girdle."(Cannell, 1995, p 355)"

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