Acoustics / 6th December / Room 1 / 1100 – 1300
Fundamentals of Acoustics
Awareness of how the ambient environment of a space affects the quality and propagation of sound — how, for instance, reflective surfaces, such as walls and floors, create waves of echoes that smear speech intelligibility and musical timbre — has been slow to take root, even in dedicated performance venues. But that’s been changing in recent years, driven by the complexity of sound in modern media and content.
Like no other, the field of acoustics is rife with myth, misinformation and marketing tactics that belies the true science and legacy of the trade. Acousticians and acoustical experts have backgrounds rooted in math and science, and spend years studying and honing their craft. Today, acousticians and acoustical experts work on venues as diverse as classrooms, houses of worship, performance centers, courtrooms, broadcast and recording studios.
This three-hour course provides an introduction to the principles of acoustics and their applications and its importance. Fundamental topics include the generation, transmission, and reception of acoustic waves.