I’ve been doing research on acoustics this past year in school and it’s something that really interests me so I wanted to share some things I learned. Sound behaves like really slow rays of light bouncing around the room (1,003,200 times slower to be exact.) A sound wave has reflections at the walls, floor and ceiling of a room. Non-parallel surfaces prevent flutter echo and aid diffusion of sound. Materials that are soft and/or irregular (textured) help to muffle sound and solid/uniform materials help sounds to resonate at greater amplitudes. This concept of resonance is related to reverberation time, which is the amount of time a sound’s presence can be felt after the original sound is produced. That’s where the combination of irregular geometries and textured materials can be applied to control acoustics. Here are some of my favorite examples. (Click on an image for more info)  -VERONICA

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