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Discord: The Story of Noise

Rob Rogers - Wednesday, December 05, 2012

From machinery hums and traffic sounds to electronic devices and chatter, we are bombarded each day with noise. A great deal has been made of how this effects our lives. In his book, "Discord: The Story of Noise", author Mike Goldsmith takes a look at the science and history behind how people have dealt with noise. He discusses how our understanding of the scientific principles behind sound have evolved throughout history to our current awareness of the important role sound plays in our physical environments such as churches, auditoriums, schools and other public spaces. 

In our line of work, we get to see first hand the effects of sound on our environment. We study it, and we provide solutions to optimize how sound shapes the perception of the listeners. Through science and art, we can help a space become more than a just space. We help create an aural experience that is congruent with the intended use of each room. 

To find out more about how we can help you, give us a call at (800) 893-7555 or contact us online.      

Recap of "The Sound of Architecture" symposium

Rob Rogers - Thursday, October 25, 2012

As previously mentioned, earlier this month Yale hosted "The Sound of Architecture" symposium. (Learn more here.) The symposium features speakers from an array of backgrounds all discussing topics that raise the awareness of how sound affects our environment and how architects and engineers can intentionally design with sound in mind. We just came across a fantastic recap of the symposium that we'd like to share. 

The blog's author describes each session in detail, from Barry Blesser and the "need to integrate the auditory dimension into the education of architects" to Jonathan Sterne and a simple theory of convolution reverb. It's a great read, and a great resource for architects and sound designers interested in understanding emerging thinking and technology that will help us to enhance our lives through better design spaces than consider the implications of sound. 

There are 7 recap entries starting here. Enjoy!


Sound Architecture: The BBC on the Importance of Planning for Sound Design

Rob Rogers - Thursday, October 11, 2012

Lately, we've been focusing on the importance of intentional sound design as part of the architectural design process. Obviously, we know and get to see first hand how architectural planning affects sound and therefore people in the context of a space such as a church, concert hall, auditorium or business from restaurants to offices. Today, we came upon this excellent feature from the BBC. It was first aired in 2009, and it speaks to the growing discussion on why architects must consider sound when planning. 

From the feature:

Until very recently, few architects ever gave much thought to what affect that soundscape might have on the people inhabiting the space, be they office workers, school pupils, teachers or shoppers. This has resulted in railways stations where train announcements are unintelligible, restaurants where you have to shout to be heard and open-plan schools in which teaching is all but impossible. More recently, research has shown that a poor aural experience can have a considerable negative effect on how we feel and behave, even at a subconscious level.

Listen to the BBC's entire recording on Sound Architecture: The Places that Speak. It's definitely worth a listen, if only to hear the British pronunciation of "controversy". ;)

It's wonderful to know that more and more architects are understanding the importance of planning for sound, and we love helping architects and businesses design the optimal auditory experience for their buildings. Give us a call at 888-893-7555 or contact us online to discuss how we can help you. 

The future of architecture will not be tone deaf

Rob Rogers - Thursday, October 04, 2012
As I type the Yale School of Architecture is holding a fall symposium on "The Sound of Architecture". Although architecture has widely been seen as visual design, it is comforting to know that more and more architects are understanding the importance acoustics play in shaping the environment. There was a nice post on about the event. From their post:  

“Acoustics have been important to designers since the days of Vitruvius,” says co-organizer and Yale PhD candidate Joseph Clarke. “But architects often tend to think and design visually, with sound relegated to a secondary role. By bringing together a range of speakers across so many different disciplines, this symposium seeks to breathe new life into study of the sonic dimensions of architecture.”

Why architects should be using their ears in design

Rob Rogers - Wednesday, October 03, 2012

"It's time to start designing for our ears." 

In this fantastic TED Talks video from July, sound expert, Julian Treasure explains why sound design should not be an afterthought in architectural planning. Sound affects us in so many ways, helping to shape our environment, helping to determine our ability to learn, communicate and be well. This video underscores the need for a greater awareness of the importance for considering sound in architectural design. This is certainly something near and dear to us. At AVD, we love working with architects to develop intentional sound design that enhances the functionality of a room rather than diminishing it.  

If you aren't familiar with TED, it started in 1984 as a conference for professionals in the area of technology, entertainment, and design (TED). Now the conference is well known, and videos of it's speakers (TED Talks) offer some of the most inspiring, progressive thinking in this industry. You can see more at