CMU School of Drama

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Acoustical Shells 101: Veneer’s Beauty is Skin Deep

J.R. Clancy: For an audience, attending a symphony concert blends auditory and visual stimuli. From the lobby’s décor to the performers’ attire, the entire experience engages the senses. The hall’s interior design also has a strong impact, which is a primary reason the acoustical shell deserves so much attention. When done well, an acoustical shell unites the stagehouse and audience chamber – both acoustically and visually.

1 comment:

Mark Ivachtchenko said...

Veneer is absolutely gorgeous and I hope that one day, I'll be able to work professionally with some. From what I know about veneer, it's extremely specific so, it must be cut in a certain way, has a good and bad side, requires careful application and attention to detail. However, if you can master it and overcome the challenges it comes with, veneer can add such an amazing touch to your work with some of the patterns it comes in. Also, using veneer is very cost efficient since you can make a cheaper material look like an expensive, exotic hardwood. In terms of the article, with focuses on concert hall veneer, it can definitely add a beautiful touch to a concert hall that uses wood for its architectural elements. There are some crazy things you can do with veneer that isn't just covering a single surface. You can go from lining containers with it to participating in the gorgeous art of marquetry (which I just find insanely interesting and cannot imagine myself doing it).