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Auditorium Acoustics and Architectural Design


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1. Introduction 2. Sound and Rooms 3. Acoustics for the Symphony Concert Hall 4. The Development of the Concert Hall 5. British Concert Halls and Conclusions for Concert Hall Acoustics 6. Chamber Music and Recital Halls 7. Acoustics for Speech 8. Theatre Acoustics 9. Acoustics for Opera 10. Acoustics for Multi-Purpose Use 11. Multi-Purpose Halls in Britain 12. The Art and Science of Acoustics Appendix A: Sound Reflection and Reverberation Calculation Appendix B: Objective Measures for Music Auditoria Appendix C: Further Objective Results in Concert Halls Appendix D: Objective Measures for Speech Auditoria

About the Author

Michael Barron is a senior lecturer at the University of Bath Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering and partner of Fleming & Barron acoustic consultants. He has been involved over many years in acoustic consultancy and research, of which a key project was an Acoustic Survey of British Auditoria. In 2006 he received the Rayleigh medal, the premier award of the (British) Institute of Acoustics.


"Reviews of the First Edition" A monumental study which supersedes Beranek's 1962 classic... Barron's present book is a must for all architects faced with a major auditorium."" The Architects' Journal
..."wonderfully clear exposition and a fascinating excellent textbook and an introduction to the subject of acoustics which all theatre technicans would find useful."" The Stage
This book is undoubtedly destined to become a classic. It is the first book since L L Beranek's classic," Music, Acoustics and Architecture (1962) to deal with auditorium acoustics in the wider context of can be read and enjoyed by acousticians and architects alike..."it is beautifully written and produced and hence worth every penny"" Journal of Sound and Vibrations

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