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22 02, 2017

Biophilic Design – The New Way To Reduce Office Noise?

By | 2017-08-30T13:56:19+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Health & Safety, Psychoacoustics, Office Acoustics|

Connecting with nature brings a range of physiological benefits for humans. It is no wonder then that the latest architectural trend aims to bring the outdoors inside. Introduction What is Biophilic Design? The Benefits of Biophilic Design Biophilia & Acoustics How plants reduce noise Using biophilia for good acoustics In 1877, naturalist and author John Muir, writing about his adventures to the rugged and largely unchartered planes of Alaska reflected that “In every walk with nature, one received far more than one seeks”. All [...]

6 12, 2016

Taking Noise Off The Restaurant Menu, With Action On Hearing Loss

By | 2017-09-06T09:12:03+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Restaurant Acoustics|

For years now we have been harping on about the poor acoustic environments of cafes, bars and restaurants. We have spoken of the shifting trend of restaurant interiors from softly furnished, spacious spaces, to the minimalist, hard surfaced and densely packed restaurants of today. We have also talked about just how loud some restaurants are becoming - up to 100 decibels, the same level of noise emitted by a working newspaper press. Yet despite our pleas, and those of many others for restaurants to at least to [...]

6 09, 2016

How To Soundproof Your Apartment: The Myths & What You Can Realistically Do

By | 2018-01-05T11:31:16+00:00 September 6th, 2016|Sound Proofing|

There are some pretty hair-brained ideas on the internet about how to solve one of life’s many bug bears – noisy neighbours. Despite what some think, it is much more complicated than laying a shaggy rug on your floor or strategically placing a bookshelf against a wall. The reality is that absolute soundproofing is a professional, or adept DIY handyman's, job. This is because soundproofing, as opposed to sound absorption, eliminates all gaps between the two spaces through which the noise is transferring. Therefore, [...]

24 06, 2016

7 Technologies That Will Make The Future Quiet

By | 2017-08-11T10:18:46+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Sustainability, Sound Proofing|

The world is a noisy place. So noisy, in fact, that scientists believe that there is no place left on earth that is untouched by man-made noise. You might think that the North Pole might be a candidate for a bit of peace and quiet, yet even commercial airlines fly over the Arctic Circle between North America and Europe. You literally cannot escape noise in the modern world. So will there be any respite? At the same time that man made noise pollution is wreaking [...]

23 03, 2016

12 Lesser-Known Buildings With Amazing Acoustics

By | 2017-11-07T16:50:16+00:00 March 23rd, 2016|Acoustics, Psychoacoustics|

The world of acoustics is not just confined to finely tuned auditoriums and recording studios. The most intriguing sonic experiences can be had in some of the world’s unique buildings and structures. From the soothing sounds found at a UFO monitoring station in the heart of a Californian desert, to the world's longest reverb in disused oil tanks in Scotland, stunning soundscapes permeate all corners of the globe. Planning a trip anytime soon? Why not stimulate your ears with a detour to some of the world's lesser known sonic [...]

11 03, 2016

Aggregate Acoustics: Friday Link Love #1

By | 2017-08-11T10:19:59+00:00 March 11th, 2016|Acoustics|

Welcome to Aggregate Acoustics, a weekly look into what is making noise in the world of acoustics, psychoacoustics, sound design and just basically anything to do with sound. Let's crack into a six pack of what's piquing our interest this week. 1. Human noise on the ocean bed. It's little wonder that with rapid population growth our world is getting increasingly crammed. But an often overlooked consequence of our growth (230,000 additional people each day, in case you wanted to know) is how noisy [...]

2 03, 2016

Guide To Perfect Home Cinema Acoustics

By | 2016-11-28T23:25:50+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Acoustics|

Going to the movies is often described as an ‘immersive’ experience, like you are there in the movie, completely involved. This is because commercial cinemas are constructed with speakers that surround the listener, each of which are responsible for a different type of audio such as dialogue, soundtrack and ambient noise. The ability of the human ear to identify these sound sources and create a detailed soundscape is part of what makes going to the movies so great. For decades, enjoying [...]

18 01, 2016

12 Ways Noise Affects Worker Well-being And Productivity.

By | 2018-01-05T14:41:03+00:00 January 18th, 2016|Office Acoustics|

The open-plan design of modern offices can lead to harsh acoustic environments, which can harm worker productivity and well-being. Noise in the workplace annoys us - a lot. Surveys show that we care more about interior acoustics than we do about how clean our workplaces are, what we sit on and the temperature of our offices. This sucks because the world is getting louder. Much louder. And our workplaces are not immune. But the volume isn't being cranked up on its own. [...]

30 10, 2015

Metamaterials: Soundproofing The Future

By | 2017-12-07T15:52:42+00:00 October 30th, 2015|Sustainability, Sound Proofing|

Noisy neighbours, deafening air conditioning units, those disconcerting aeroplane creaks and whirs. These are all noisy nuisances that we think of as part and parcel of our day to day lives. Until now. It turns out some smart people in the worlds of science and engineering have been busy exploiting new discoveries made in metamaterials to develop new mediums that could effectively mute everyday objects and mechanisms. Metamaterials are artificially created materials, often down to individual cell units. By exploiting the theories of negative indexing [...]

29 09, 2015

Guide To Improving Home Studio Acoustics

By | 2016-11-09T23:33:48+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Sound Proofing, Acoustics, Recording Studio Acoustics|

  Click infographic to enlarge. <p><strong>Please include attribution to with this graphic.</strong><br /><br /><a href='guide-to-improving-home-studio-acoustics'><img src='' alt='Guide To Improving Your Home Studio Acoustics' width='940px' border='0' /></a>Courtesy Of <a href="">Resonics</a></p> Guide To Improving Your Home Studio Acoustics. Not all studios are created equal. Anyone can buy some budget monitors and a cheap microphone, stick them in the corner of a room and voila! Home recording studio. But what separates the wheat from the chaff is the ability to make the [...]

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