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Live Music and Architectural Acoustics, The Basic Relationships

Concert halls are one of the most interesting types of buildings where people gather, and may have benefited more from acoustical research than any other building type. This research has reduced the element of chance in design, but possibly not eliminated it completely. In 1962, after research based on the evaluation of 54 concert halls, Dr. Leo L. Beranek identified 18 characteristics of halls, 17 of which could be evaluated on a subjective rating scale, but only about half from architectural drawings (1). I am not certain that even as many as 17 rating scales can truly characterize a concert hall, but review of these attributes is useful, and I suggest reference to the section on page 61, Chapter 4, of Beranek's Music, Acoustics and Architecture. (1) Several of these and other attributes this author considers important will now be discussed.

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