CMU School of Drama

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Ears Know: Acoustics, Reflection and Reverberation

Performance Space: Why are some music venues better for concerts than others? Although our eyes may be captivated by the beautifully ornate d├ęcor of a historic auditorium or the modern architecture of an avant-garde concert hall, our ears are the truest, best judges.

For more than 70 years, the Wenger Corporation has worked to improve music spaces for both performance and rehearsal. Two important acoustical concepts – reflection and reverberation – play important roles in determining what our ears hear and how good (or bad) a venue sounds. This week’s blog will explore each concept and a related Wenger product designed to positively affect it.

1 comment:

Julien Sat-Vollhardt said...

I remember going to the Zellerbach hall at the University of California Berkeley when I was a kid and wondering at the sound panel system they had there. On the back and sides of this pretty big auditorium were large wedges of some sort of audio material arranged in strange patterns, so that some of theme formed zig zag spikes the faces the stage and some formed a flat surface. I didn't know what Iwas looking at at the time, but I learned late that that entire process was built with automation, so that one could rotate those wedges individually and change the sound makeup of a room to be custom for whatever is playing in there next. It's a huge step up from hanging blankets on you walls so you hear less of your neighbors.