Architectural Acoustics

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McFarland & Company, 2003 - Architecture - 147 pages
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Acoustics as a branch of physics involves heavy mathematics, and the practice of architectural acoustics involves knowledge of a broad range of subjects. For these reasons, many people believe that good acoustics are almost impossible to obtain and exist only in concert halls. With a solid understanding of the basics, however, rooms with good acoustics are not as hard to design and build as people might think. This work describes acoustics and the factors that must be considered for constructing a room or building with good acoustics. Among the topics covered are intonation, tuning and temperaments of classical music, environmental noise, noise and vibration control, the measurement of sound, sound systems, acoustic models, and acoustical design for various settings and purposes, including acoustics for chamber music, synagogues, churches, and classrooms. The work looks at places like Clemens Theatre, Congress Hall, Binns Rehearsal Room, and Philharmonic Hall, to name just a few, as models of small and large buildings with excellent acoustics. Many diagrams and other illustrations enhance the text.

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Contents

Preface
1
What Is Acoustics?
18
Acoustical Design
67
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Christopher N. Brooks operates Orpheus Acoustics, a consulting firm for architectural acoustics. He has played violin and viola in numerous symphony orchestras in Europe and America, including the Seville (Spain) Symphony, the Frysk Orkest (Leeuwarden, Netherlands), Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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