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.
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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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Birmingham City University
Millennium Point, Curzon Street
Birmingham, B4 7XG