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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!