Concert Halls and Opera Houses

Music, Acoustics, and Architecture

Author: Leo Beranek

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387216367

Category: Science

Page: 662

View: 6942

This illustrated guide to 100 of the world's most important concert halls and opera houses examines their architecture and engineering and discusses their acoustical quality as judged by conductors and music critics. The descriptions and photographs will serve as a valuable guide for today's peripatetic performers and music lovers. With technical discussions relegated to appendices, the book can be read with pleasure by anyone interested in musical performance. The photographs (specially commissioned for this book) and architectural drawings (all to the same scale) together with modern acoustical data on each of the halls provide a rich and unmatched resource on the design of halls for presenting musical performances. Together with the technical appendices, the data and drawings will serve as an invaluable reference for architects and engineers involved in the design of spaces for the performance of music.

Site and Sound

The Architecture and Acoustics of New Opera Houses and Concert Halls

Author: Victoria Newhouse

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1580932819

Category: Architecture

Page: 272

View: 8851

Victoria Newhouse, noted author and architectural historian, addresses the aesthetics and acoustics in concert halls and opera houses of the past, present, and future in this stunning companion to the highly regarded Towards a New Museum. Site and Sound explores the daunting, perennial question: Does the music serve the space, or the other way around? Heavily illustrated throughout—with historic images, spectular color photographs, detailed drawings—this volume is an informed and enjoyable presentation of a building type that is at the heart of cities small and large. Newhouse starts with a survey of venues from ancient Greek and Roman times and progresses to contemporary works around the world. She singles out Lincoln Center in particular for its long history and its transitions and remodelings over the years. Two major chapters cover the present: one focuses on recent work in the West, including the National Opera House of Norway in Oslo by Snøhetta (2008), the Casa da Música in Porto, Portugal, by Rem Koolhaas (2005), and many more; the second examines the boom in concert halls in China. A final chapter looks at projects that are currently planned and the future of an architecture for music.

Concert and opera halls

how they sound

Author: Leo Leroy Beranek

Publisher: Acoustical Society of Amer

ISBN: N.A

Category: Architecture

Page: 643

View: 4384

In the opening chapters, Dr. Beranek presents a fascinating look at the ways in which the acoustics of concert halls affect composers, musicians, and listeners. From interviews with musicians and music critics he places many of the world's renowned halls into categories of acoustical excellence. The main body of the book is devoted to descriptions, seating plans, photographs, and drawings of the world's top 66 concert halls and ten opera houses. The remaining chapters consider how shape, size, balconies, boxes, seats, surface arrangements, and suspended elements influence a hall's acoustics.

Buildings for Music

The Architect, the Musician, and the Listener from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day

Author: Michael Forsyth

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521268622

Category: Music

Page: 371

View: 6118

This book establishes how musical taste and style affected architecture, and how in turn buildings and their acoustics influenced musical composition. Michael Forsyth examines the emergence of the purpose-built music room; the evolution of the opera house; the development of Romantic music related to the great nineteenth-century concert halls and opera houses; and the growth of acoustic science. The evolution of the twentieth-century concert hall is paralleled with the emergence of modern music, recording techniques and the influence of cinema design. Finally, present and future trends in music and acoustics are seen beside the growth of electronics and the adjustable auditorium. Buildings for Music draws together architecture, acoustics and musical sociology and presents them in a scholarly but very readable text, beautifully illustrated with contemporary plans, paintings, prints and photographs.

Riding the Waves

A Life in Sound, Science, and Industry

Author: Leo Leroy Beranek

Publisher: Mit Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 235

View: 6543

The life and work of Renaissance man Leo Beranek: scientist, professor, engineer, busisess leader, inventor, entrepreneur, musician, television executive, philanthropist, and author.

Auditorium Acoustics and Architectural Design

Author: Michael Barron

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135219265

Category: Architecture

Page: 504

View: 2446

Modern concert halls and opera houses are now very specialized buildings with special acoustical characteristics. With new contemporary case-studies, this updated book explores these characteristics as an important resource for architects, engineers and auditorium technicians. Supported by over 40 detailed case studies and architectural drawings of 75 auditoria at a scale of 1:500, the survey of each auditorium type is completed with a discussion of current best practice to achieve optimum acoustics.

Worship Space Acoustics

3 Decades of Design

Author: David T. Bradley,Erica E. Ryherd,Lauren M Ronsse

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1493930974

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 367

View: 5682

“Worship Space Acoustics: 3 Decades of Design is a beautiful collection of recent work. This is a comprehensive compendium that far surpasses previous publications in the field in its depth, design, and information. Worship spaces of all major U.S. religions are covered. This book should be an obligatory reference for any consultant involved in church architecture and acoustics.” -Mendel Kleiner, author of Worship Space Acoustics, Acoustics: Information and Communication Series (J. Ross Publishing 2010) “All involved in their design will appreciate this presentation of recent rooms for religious worship.” -Leo L. Beranek, author of Concert Halls and Opera Houses: Music, Acoustics, and Architecture (Springer-Verlag 2004) “Through descriptions, photos, drawings, and acoustical data, this book provides valuable information on existing worship spaces designed during the past thirty years. This very well-edited book, including the Editors' Preface and six excellent essays from key people involved in worship space design, provides valuable information and ideas on the aesthetic, acoustic, and liturgical design of worship spaces for a number of faiths and in several countries.” -Robert Coffeen, principle at R. C. Coffeen, Consultant in Acoustics LLC, Lawrence, Kansas This book takes the reader on a wide-ranging tour through churches, synagogues, mosques, and other worship spaces designed during the past 30 years. The book begins with a series of essays on topics ranging from the soundscape of worship spaces to ecclesiastical design at the turn of the 21st Century. Perspective pieces from an architect, audio designer, music director, and worship space owner are also included. The core of the book presents the acoustical and architectural design of a wide variety of individual worship space venues. Acoustical consulting firms, architects, and worship space designers from across the world contributed their recent innovative works in the area of worship space acoustics. The contributions include detailed renderings and architectural drawings, as well as informative acoustic data graphs and evocative descriptions of the spaces. Filled with beautiful photography and fascinating modern design, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in religious architecture, acoustical design, or musical performance.

Performing Architecture

Opera Houses, Theatres and Concert Halls for the Twenty-first Century

Author: Michael Hammond

Publisher: Merrell Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781858942797

Category: Architecture

Page: 239

View: 1032

Profusely illustrated with photographs, computer renderings and architectural drawings, 'Performing Architecture' explores fifty of today's finest performance spaces, as well as recently refurbished, restored and transformed buildings.

Concert Hall Acoustics

Author: Yoichi Ando

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642698107

Category: Science

Page: 154

View: 6082

The acoustic quality of a concert hall has frequently posed a mysterious puzzle, namely, what physical aspects of the sound field can produce superior sound for the listener. The author has been probing for more than adecade into the subjective qualities preferred for musical and speech sounds. The result of his extensive investigations - the discovery that four and only four independent parameters contribute effectively to good acoustics - is summarized in the present book. The capability of calculating acoustical quality at any seat in a proposed concert hall is a unique and quite useful aspect of Ando's design method. Alternative architectural schemes can be compared based on the number of seats which exceeds a previously accepted minimum standard of acoustical quality.

Acoustic Absorbers and Diffusers, Third Edition

Theory, Design and Application

Author: Trevor Cox,Peter D’Antonio

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1315352222

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 519

View: 1763

This definitive guide covers the design and application of absorbers and diffusers in acoustics. Surface diffusion is a relatively young subject area, and diffuser design, application and characterisation are often not well understood. Although there is greater knowledge of absorption, it is also informed by new research. As two of the main design tools for altering the acoustic conditions of rooms, the correct use of absorbers and diffusers is important to the creation of quality acoustics. This text details the evolution and the current state of the art in diffuser and absorber research and application. It covers a range of practical and theoretical aspects, with extensive examples of installations and case studies to cater to practitioners working in the measurement, modelling and design of rooms, semi-enclosed spaces as well as in noise control. It is also invaluable for students and researchers wanting a grounding in acoustic treatment, as well as understanding the latest developments. All chapters have been revised and brought up to date in this new edition, with new applications, absorbers and diffusers featured. Sustainability, portable vocal booths, and fast time domain models for diffusers are just a few of the new sections. Improved techniques for measurement and prediction are included, as well as bringing old methods up-to-date with the latest refinements from standards and research. Most of the prediction methods in the book are now linked to open source implementations and downloadable MATLAB scripts, enabling readers to exploit the knowledge in this book more readily in design and research.

The Acoustics of Performance Halls

Spaces for Music from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl

Author: J. Christopher Jaffe

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393732559

Category: Architecture

Page: 208

View: 4608

An acclaimed acoustician presents a proven methodology for designing successful venues for concert performance in a variety of building types.

Architectural Acoustics

Author: Marshall Long

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0123982650

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 984

View: 5458

Architectural Acoustics, Second Edition presents a thorough technical overview of the discipline, from basic concepts to specific design advice. Beginning with a brief history, it reviews the fundamentals of acoustics, human perception and reaction to sound, acoustic noise measurements, noise metrics, and environmental noise characterization. In-depth treatment is given to the theoretical principles and practical applications of wave acoustics, sound transmission, vibration and vibration isolation, and noise transmission in floors and mechanical systems. Chapters on specific design problems demonstrate how to apply the theory, including treatment of multifamily dwellings, office buildings, rooms for speech, rooms for music, multipurpose rooms, auditoriums, sanctuaries, studios, listening rooms, and the design of sound reinforcement systems. Detailed figures illustrate the practical applications of acoustic principles, showing how to implement design ideas in actual structures. This compendium of theoretical and practical design information brings the relevant concepts, equations, techniques, and specific design problems together in one place, including both fundamentals and more advanced material. Practicing engineers will find it an invaluable reference for their daily work, while advanced students will appreciate its rigorous treatment of the basic building blocks of acoustical theory. Considered the most complete resource in the field – includes basic fundamental relations, derived from first principles, and examples needed to solve real engineering problems. Provides a well-organized text for students first approaching the subject as well as a reliable reference for experienced practitioners looking to refresh their technical knowledge base. New content for developing professionals includes case studies and coverage of specific focus areas such as audio visual design, theaters, and concert halls.

Architectural Acoustics

Author: Christopher N. Brooks

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786413980

Category: Music

Page: 155

View: 2645

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 to be considered in constructing a room or building with good sound quality. Among the topics covered are intonation, tuning and temperaments of classical music, environmental noise, noise and vibration control, sound measurement, 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.

Performance Architecture + Design

Author: Chris van Uffelen

Publisher: Braun Publish,Csi

ISBN: 9783037680421

Category: Architecture

Page: 301

View: 4796

Theaters, concert halls and opera houses are among the most fascinating architectural tasks of today. Large metropolises as well as medium-sized and smaller communities are enhancing their cultural infrastructure with spectacular new buildings and renovated historical structures for the performing arts. As prestige projects, buildings are emerging that first of all offer compelling designs and functions, but also shape and enrich their settings as outstanding individual structures. Masterpieces : Performance Architecture + Design presents 69 contemporary international projects by famous architects and up-and-coming young designers. The diversity and creativity of the projects are presented in-depth through high-quality images and plans coupled with informative texts.

Acoustics and the Performance of Music

Manual for Acousticians, Audio Engineers, Musicians, Architects and Musical Instrument Makers

Author: Jürgen Meyer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781441918604

Category: Science

Page: 446

View: 1273

This classic reference on musical acoustics and performance practice begins with a brief introduction to the fundamentals of acoustics and the generation of musical sounds. It then discusses the particulars of the sounds made by all the standard instruments in a modern orchestra as well as the human voice, the way in which the sounds made by these instruments are dispersed and how the room into which they are projected affects the sounds.

Rock and Pop Venues

Acoustic and Architectural Design

Author: Niels Werner Adelman-Larsen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3642452361

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 470

View: 7414

Popular music plays a substantial role in most people’s life. The demand and financial revenue of Rock and Pop concerts is large and still increasing with the decreased revenue on recorded music. Based on the first ever scientific investigations on recommendable acoustics for amplified music conducted by the author, this book sets forward precise guidelines for acoustical engineers to optimize the acoustics in existing or future halls for amplified music. Gives precise guidelines on how to design the acoustics in venues that present amplified music Debates essential construction details, including placement of sound system and use of possible building materials, in the architectural design of new venues or the renovation of old ones Portrays 75 well-known European Rock & Pop venues, their architecture and acoustic properties. 20 venues were rated for their acoustics by music professionals leading to an easy-to-use assessment methodology ”Acoustics are important within pop and rock venues to ensure a great experience for audiences and performers. This book fills an important gap of knowledge on the acoustics of venues. It will be of value to sound engineers as well as building owners and operators and building design professionals”. Rob Harris, Arup Acoustics ”With this book, many future amplified music concerts will sound better, for the joy of audiences and musicians alike. This enormous work demonstrates a rare degree of passion and insight, from the hand of the key researcher in the field”. Dr. Per V. Brüel

Architectural Acoustics

Blending Sound Sources, Sound Fields, and Listeners

Author: Yoichi Ando

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0387983333

Category: Science

Page: 252

View: 6129

Proceeding from basic theory to design studies of concert and multiple purpose halls, the author introduces a remarkable seat selection system for the analysis of new and existing halls, and proposes a diagnostic system for testing the physical properties and calculating the psychological attributes at any seat after a hall is built. The book also presents a theory of subjective preferences, based on a model of the auditory cognitive system in the brain. Readers can thus follow the temporal and spatial values that may be associated with the left and right cerebral hemispheres in listening to music and speech, respectively, in a room. From the results of calculating subjective preference at each seat, for example, architects, musicians, and acoustical engineers concerned with the design and use of concert and multi-use halls may determine the best location to perform a certain type of music on the stage, as well as the best seats from which to listen.

Construction and Design Manual

Theatres and Concert Halls

Author: Birgit Schmolke

Publisher: Dom Pub

ISBN: 9783869221786

Category: Architecture

Page: 303

View: 1194

All projects are illustrated with photographs, scale plans, and sketches and accompanied by explanatory texts. Includes essays about the history of theater architecture, theater interiors, and design in general. Signature buildings by internationally acclaimed architects such as UNStudio, Dominique Perrault, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron, Gottfried Böhm, Christian de Portzamparc, and Santiago Calatrava are all showcased here.