Designing a room for perfect sound is part science, part art. So how does one go about building the perfect concert hall? Fusion.net takes a look.
When Charles Garnier designed the Paris Opera in the 1870’s, he said that architecting the acoustics of a room was a “bizarre science.” Garnier compared the acoustician to an acrobat “who closes his eyes and clings to the ropes of an ascending balloon.”
More than a century later, how sound moves through a room is still sometimes a mystery.
At the spherical Mapparium, a so-called “whispering gallery” in Boston, sound sometimes behaves in strange ways. In some parts of the room sound seems to come from strange directions and it appears to double in volume if two people stand precisely two meters from the room’s center. Nobody is precisely sure why.