November 15, 2014 | Written by: Benjamin Markham

Leo Beranek and Concert Hall Acoustics

Concert hall acoustics owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Leo Beranek, not just for the science he advanced and not just for his professional accomplishments, but also for the inspiring manner with which he executed both simultaneously.

In August of 2010, Leo Beranek gave a public lecture organized by the Faculty of Architecture, Design, and Planning at the University of Sydney (transcribed 2011a). It was the latest in a long line of papers, talks, and books that succinctly Concert hall acoustics owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Leo Beranek, not just for the science he advanced and not just for his professional accomplishments, but also for the inspiring manner with which he executed both simultaneously. Leo Beranek 100th Birthday Tribute | 49 distill the most fundamental aspects of concert hall acoustics and room design. With his trademark clarity, Leo outlined a brief history of concert hall acoustics, introduced the principal acoustical attributes of a concert hall, described four basic concert hall shapes, illustrated his points by describing examples of the world’s concert halls, and concluded by presenting a step-by-step process for designing concert halls.

 

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