Midlands Branch Meeting

Midlands Branch Evening Meeting Developments in auditorium acoustic design Rob Harris, Director of Rob Harris Design Ltd Birmingham City University, Lecture Theatre MP452, Millennium Point, Curzon Street Birmingham B4 7XG Thursday 12 March 2020 6pm for an 6.30pm Start

        

Midlands Branch Evening Meeting

Developments in auditorium acoustic design

Rob Harris, Director of Rob Harris Design Ltd

 

Birmingham City University, Lecture Theatre MP452,

Millennium Point, Curzon Street

Birmingham B4 7XG

Thursday 12 March 2020 6pm for an 6.30pm Start

 

In auditorium acoustics objective science and engineering are employed to elicit subjective perceptions and emotions. This lecture discusses the acoustic design of concert halls, opera houses and theatres, presented by one of the leading auditorium acoustic designers in the UK. It starts with describing some fundamental requirements for audiences, performers and other stakeholders. Both scientific and other factors are considered. The lecture will then look at how the art and science have developed over the last 35 years. This will include the use of scale and computer modelling, the paradigm shift of auralisation and the integration of architecture and creative digital audio. The scientific and engineering responses to changing artistic and audience needs will be examined.

 

Rob Harris started out as a stage lighting designer and sound engineer in the West End of London, mixing major musicals such as Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. After studying for an MSc in acoustics at ISVR, University of Southampton, Rob moved into acoustic consulting. His career included working for Arup for 33 years, ending up as a Director of Acoustics, Theatre Design and Arts and Culture. Subsequently his own consulting practice Rob Harris Design Limited has advised a range of clients, including significant work for Theatre Projects. Rob is a Visiting Professor at ISVR, University of Southampton and a Visiting Lecturer at UCL, London.

 

Attendance is free, no need to book, everyone welcome (optional registration via Eventbrite IOA Midlands March).  CPD certificates will be provided.  If you have any queries, please contact philip.hainsworth@atkinsglobal.com.

The evening will continue with drinks and an opportunity to network at a The Woodman on New Canal St, B5 5LG.

 

Directions

Millennium Point is a ten minute walk from Birmingham Moor St. or 15 minutes from Birmingham New Street. Directions for getting to Millennium Point can be found here: https://www.bcu.ac.uk/about-us/maps-and-campuses/city-centre-campus/map-and-directions.  Paid parking is available adjacent to the site. https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/directory_record/6674/millennium_point_multi-storey_car_park

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12 March 2020   through   9:00 PM
Lecture Theatre MP452
Birmingham City University
Millennium Point, Curzon Street
Birmingham, B4 7XG

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