Everyone knows that the ability to hear music in balance and to understand speech is essential in any space used for performance. Buildings with good acoustics are the exception rather than the rule. In fact, scientific acoustics is a well-defined engineering practice that can lead to predictable excellent results.
A basic understanding of acoustics will help building owners, theatre managers, teachers of music, performers, and other professionals to achieve their goals of excellent acoustics. Performers having a basic understanding of acoustics will be able to make the most of the acoustics of the venue in which they perform.
Acoustics In Performance
A new book published by Elektor, Acoustics in Performance, written by Richard A. Honeycutt (review by Jan Buiting), helps us to understand the variables and choices entailed in proper acoustic design for performance. The level of presentation is comfortable and straightforward without being simplistic. If correct acoustical principles are incorporated into the design, renovation, and maintenance of performance venues, good acoustics will be the result.