Four Publications on Acoustics Available
The Acoustics of Performance Halls: Spaces for Music from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl
In The Acoustics of Performance Halls, J. Christopher Jaffe, an acclaimed acoustician known for his innovative design concepts, describes the common misconceptions about what makes a successful classical concert space, explains that sound reflections rather than geometry are the key to developing an outstanding hall, and show how a series of simple principles related to how humans perceive musical quality can provide the ideal environment for classical music performances.
Jaffe presents a proven methodology for designing successful venues for symphonic performance in a variety of building types, including concert halls, music pavilions, multi-use theatres, and amphitheatres, using a fact-based approach that relies on matching subjective values to quantitative measurements, an awareness of a community's musical memory, and extensive practical experience working with orchestras. Case studies illustrate the acoustic design of facilities designed for the presentation of symphonic music as well as those that were designed for other activities but through necessity or innovation are used for this purpose.
J. Christopher Jaffe is a consultant with Acentech Incorporated. He has been a consultant in acoustics for half a century, and has designed concert halls and symphonic music pavilions of dozens of America's top orchestral ensembles: The New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
If you would like to order The Acoustics of Performance Halls it is available online at http://books.wwnorton.com/books/detail.aspx?ID=15669.
Architectural Acoustics Design Guide
Acentech is pleased to offer this book published by McGraw-Hill entitled Architectural Acoustics Design Guide. It is authored by James P. Cowan, with the input of our staff.
Noted acoustician, and co-founder of Bolt Beranek and Newman, Inc., Leo L. Beranek says, "James Cowan has done a masterful job of clarifying the basics of good acoustical design. This book presents design tables and structures, along with drawings and photographs of projects within his firm's experience. This book explains the basic principles of acoustics and offers examples of how they have been effectively incorporated into current architectural design. Such intimate involvement in each project affords the reader a complete picture of how the acoustics was considered."
Developed with over 50 years of international experience by leaders in acoustical design, this resource supplies illustrations, photographs, a generous assortment of working checklists, charts, other project-advancing tools, and innovative solutions to many typical acoustical problems. It is a practical guide to the acoustical tools needed in a wide range of projects from open-plan offices to courtrooms, schools, airport facilities and more. The book's array of case studies offers expert architectural acoustics advice and examples of integrated solutions.
Regarding Sound Ideas
— From a review: Cross Spectrum Labs Weblog
This book belongs on the bookshelves of all acoustical consultants and researchers everywhere with an interest in the people and the research and consulting that has contributed to the enormous growth of the field since WWII. It should be particularly valuable to anyone contemplating starting their own acoustical consulting firm.
— From a review: Gregory C. Tocci, FASA
If you would like to order Architectural Acoustics Design Guide from Acentech, please fill out the Order Form and enclose it with a check.
Sound Ideas: Acoustical Consulting at BBN and Acentech
Written by Deborah Melone and Eric Wood, Sound Ideas is a collection of personal reminiscences by and about people who came to Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN) to practice acoustical consulting beginning in 1948. The book highlights the unique culture they established within the firm as well as accounts of the clients and projects that benefited from their consulting. Sound Ideas includes noteworthy professional contributions made by the staff, tracks various spin-off acoustical consulting firms, and ultimately, the transition of the acoustical consulting practice to Acentech Incorporated.
Acoustics from A to Z
Written by Eric E. Ungar.
During the March 1999 joint meeting of the Acoustical Society of America with the European Acoustics Association, held at the Technical University of Berlin, Eric Ungar had the opportunity to visit the Institute of Technical Acoustics of that university. Prominently posted on a bulletin board in a corridor, he found an eleven-page 1958 article which was coauthored by Lothar Cremer, the late former director of the institute. This unusual publication, whose title may be translated as "The ABC of the Acoustics of Buildings," consists of brief verses. There is one verse for each letter of the alphabet; each deals lightheartedly with some aspect of acoustics, each is illustrated by a cartoon structured around the letter, and each is followed by a brief summary of related facts.
Eric was so intrigued with this article's approach that he resolved to translate it and asked the director of the Institute, Professor Michael Möser, to send him a copy. Soon, after receiving the copy, it became clear to Eric that translating the article without losing its basic spirit was beyond his translation skills. So, Eric decided to give up and start from scratch, developing his own verses and discussions, but maintaining the spirit. The result is Acoustics from A to Z.