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Keywords: Building
Lee Siew Eang
2007/2008 Bu
Issue Date: 11-Jul-2017
Citation: SHEN SIHUI (2017-07-11). A STUDY OF ACOUSTICAL DESIGN FOR CONCERT HALL. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The purpose of concert auditoriums is to serve mainly musical performances. This study focuses on the acoustical designs for concert auditorium such as the structure of the hall, materials used, etc. This paper will discuss how the different shapes of halls and the materials used can affect the various elements like reverberation time, background noise and initial-time delay hence determining the overall sound quality. This paper will also discuss the musical attributes that a user expects in the performance of a concert hall and the technology available to measuring reverberation time. As there are many factors that can affect the acoustical quality of the hall, it is important that during the designing stage, designers must have a specified design brief; to specify the function of the hall should it be multi-purpose or for speeches or purely concerts must be stated at the start. Errors in design can lead to dire consequences. Although there may be options available to solve the acoustic design faults, sometimes the rectification can be too costly. Design of a concert hall must be precise; any allowance or cutting of corners in the design would be at the expense of the concert hall’s performance. Each hall has its own unique system meaning its design including the materials used and the positioning of various elements; the elements are adjusted in a way to suit only that particular hall and none other. If that system was to be imitated, there is a possibility that a different end result would be yielded. For this study, interviews are conducted with musicians and conductors on their impression of Victoria Concert Hall and Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall either as an audience or as a performer. Analysis of the collected data shows the preferences of different people and whether it is possible to design the ideal concert hall.
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