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The Science and Art of Concert Venues

THE ART & SCIENCE OF CONCERT VENUES How do concert venues compare when it comes to acoustics & experience? Take a look at four types of concert venues below, & choose your live music experience wisely! AMPHITHEATER Natural amphitheaters use mountains or rock formations to naturally amplify or echo sound. Contemporary amphitheaters often use standing curved or bowl-shaped structures behind the audience and/or stage to mimic this effect. The geometric shape and hard materials of the theater's surfaces generate reflected and scattered sound energy, resulting in ideal acoustics. PROS CONS Tiered half-circle design of amphitheater seats allows for optimal viewing opportunities throughout the venue. Unpredictable weather conditions, if the amphitheater is outside. Acoustics can get spotty in top Multiple entrance and exit points help to decongest foot traffic before & after concert. rows, depending on the venue. Amphitheaters were first built by the ancient Romans & used for events like gladiator combat & chariot races. When sound is produced, the sonic waves continue reflecting off surfaces and objects until their energy dissipates. Reverberation is the prolonging of this effect, and it can be enhanced or reduced by using sound-reflecting or sound-absorbing materials in the venue. THEATER/ CÔNCERT HALL Breakthroughs in 3D imaging and modeling have allowed architects to test and perfect acoustics before building modern venues. Subtle design details in the walls, floors, stage, and doors can all add to ideal sound balance. PROS CONS Ideal acoustics are specifically designed to optimize the concert experience. Tiered seats allow for optimal viewing no matter where you are. these venues Tickets may be pricier, due to limited seating, and often better quality sound equipment. Depending on the venue, may host an open space at the front or back for dancing, standing or moving around. As large concert halls became popular in the 19th century, better acoustic design was needed because of the increase in gossiping audience members! Typically nicer and more comfortable seats, as well as nicer bathrooms, than those at outdoor venues. Concert halls in the 18th and 19th centuries were built solely for classical music concerts, while those built in the 20th and 21st centuries are built for a wide range of purposes. Acoustics refers to the total effect of sound, in particular when it's produced in an enclosed space. Larger venues usually rely on structural design and building materials to optimize acoustics. STADIUM/ARENA Often used for sports events in addition to concerts, stadiums and arenas are built to be loud, trapping and amplifying the noise from the crowd. PROS CONS More seats may mean cheaper tickets are available. (But buyer beware: the cheaper, top-row seats at stadiums or arenas will not yield the highest sound quality!) Large venues = masses of people. Traffic, long lines, and expensive parking are all factors to consider. Plastic seats, scoreboards, and rafters can affect sound quality as it reflects off them. DOO Olympia, the first known stadium, was a U-shaped track used for races in ancient Greece. The world's busiest and top-grossing arena is the 02 Arena in England, which surpassed New York's Madison Square Garden in 2008. DODD When reverberation time is too long, it can be hard to distinguish individual notes and lyrics in the music. Sound can also be refracted by air quality and density – which is harder to control in a large venue. NIGHTCLUB Concerts at nightclubs tend to be a more intimate live music experience – not to mention louder. Small rooms trap sound more than larger rooms, and floors and walls with hard surfaces reverberate sound. PROS CONS Fitting for those who want a more "party-scene" experience, and the opportunity to stand closer to the artist(s). With limited assigned seating or tiers, it's up to you to wiggle your way into an optimal viewing position. ODDO mono Nightclubs tend to invest in quality sound systems that distribute sound evenly. Like your personal space? That concept will go out the window as soon as the music starts. Built in 1886, Webster Hall in Manhattan, New York City is credited as the first modern nightclub. THE ULTIMATE CONCERT EXPERIENCE ΜΑΚE A PLAN Plan out your transportation ahead of time. BUY TICKETS EARLY Buy your tickets as early as possible so that you can get the best deal the longer you wait, the more expensive they are going to get. FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF Familiarize yourself with the venue's camera or video-recording rules. CHOOSE ATTIRE WISELY Wear the right shoes for the venue you're going to. ARRIVE EARLY If you are going to brave a general admissions floor, arrive early so you can claim a good spot. GET AN AISLE SEAT B8 ) If you are "vertically challenged," get an aisle seat to ensure an alternative viewing option if the people in front of you block your view. HAVE FUN! Let loose and have fun! Don't be afraid to sing along, dance around, and enjoy yourself. SOURCES https://www.wired.com/2017/01/happens-algorithms-design-concert-hall-stunning-elbphilharmonie/ | http://thechive.com/2014/08/15 /10-oldest-and-most-historic-american-stadiums-still-in-use-today-10-hq-photos/ | https://www.sonicscoop.com/2014/06/19/the- resonant-human-the-science-of-how-tempo-affects-us/| http://www.worldatlas.com/articles/50-largest-stadiums-in-the-world.html http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/tham/hd_tham.htm | http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/search?term=largest+concert+hall http://www.businessinsider.com/you-should-never-see-a-stadium-rock-show-2013-7| http://acoustics.org/the-origins-of-building- acoustics-for-theatre-and-music-performances-john-mourjopoulos/ | http://www.scena.org/Ism/sm17-1/sm17-1_classical101_EN.html http://gaither.com/news/9-secrets-making-your-concert-experience-amazing | http://www.worldstadiums.com/stadium_menu/ architecture/historic_stadiums.shtml | https://www.arauacustica.com/files/publicaciones_relacionados/pdf_esp_70.pdf BROUGHT TO YOU BY CSR GRAND SIERRA RESORT AND CASINO

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