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ADAPTABLE ACOUSTICS IN MULTI-USE MUSIC PERFORMANCE SPACES

by HAND, SCOTT ANTHONY

Abstract (Summary)
Architectural acoustics entails creating a space in which the sound is both heard and thought about, just as visual aesthetics are also thought about in architecture. In a performance space, acoustics play a major role in the audience’s perception of the performance. The conventional method of acoustic design is to develop the space for a balance of sound qualities for the primary performance. Sometimes, a limited amount of adjustability of acoustic qualities allows a few of those qualities to be shifted from one listening setting to another. These adjustments help tune the space to match the performance and enhance the overall quality of the show, lecture, or performance. Acoustic and architectural research leads to a design of a system for adaptable acoustics. This system allows for a particularly wide range of adjustability within a music performance space – both in performer numbers and type and in music style, type, and volume. This thesis research and design, for a multi-use performance hall and rehearsal spaces on a site in Fairfield, Ohio, push the physical limits of acoustic ranges, and adapts the space itself to the sound and the occupants within.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:acoustics room architectural auralization

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Date of Publication:01/01/2004

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