Music and Speech in Performance Environments

  • John M. Eargle


In this chapter, we will extend the notion of sound fields, which were introduced in chapter 1. We will expand the concept of the reverberant field to include specific early reflections as well as the later “statistical” reflections, in both large and small performance spaces. The specific goals of these spaces will be discussed, as will problems and compromises that acoustical designers have grappled with over the years. Problems of noise and acoustical isolation will be discussed.


Acoustical Society Speech Intelligibility Mean Free Path Octave Band Reverberation Time 
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