Acoustics & Liturgical Participation in Churches
Whilst it is very important that churches provide a peaceful worshipping environment, it’s also important that the space is acoustically comfortable for the other activities that take place there. Church design also needs to be sensitive to the age range of users, particularly older patrons who are often sensitive to poor acoustics.
“A room to deaden all sounds is doomed to kill liturgical participation” – Environment and Art in Catholic Worship, 1990.
The church is one of those unique spaces where sound performance is the cornerstone of the users’ experiences. Almost all church activities are affected by sound: the intelligiblity of the spoken word, the privacy of personal confessions, the ambience during collective worship, and the sound of choir and musical performances. On each side of this spectrum we have two activities pitted against each other – The sermon VS the choir performance. Both of these activities require different sound environments to achieve clarity:
- Long reverberation time (RT) is best to enhance sound of the assembly – to amplify the resounding sound of the choir and musical performances. A long RT, however, can render a sermon virtually unintelligible.
- A short reverberation time is best for speech intelligibility, reducing noise bouncing off hard surfaces, creating an echo and increasing noise saturation. A short RT, however, can muffle too much musical sound, highlight musical imperfections and obstruct musical resonance and a church’s vibrant atmosphere.
Striking a balance between these two sound environments is therefore vital to a functioning church space; one that encourages liturgical participation by maintaining a lively environment, whilst providing good sound insulation to prevent the intrusion of distracting sounds during worship and meditation.
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