An investigation into the acoustic condition of the Seaplane Harbour Museum, with view for progress via acoustic treatment

Libene, Piret (2015) An investigation into the acoustic condition of the Seaplane Harbour Museum, with view for progress via acoustic treatment. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This project focuses on evaluating the acoustic conditions of the Seaplane Harbour Museum in Tallinn, Estonia and, upon examination of collected data and conclusions drawn from appropriate research, suggest methods of acoustic treatment to improve current acoustic predicaments. As museums are becoming more interactive with advancements in technology, the importance of sound quality is increasing rapidly and thus, room acoustics are progressively being considered as a significant factor in museum design. However, many venues are used for multiple purposes and therefore need to be adaptable in terms of sound. The Seaplane Harbour museum is additionally often used as a venue for concerts, gala nights and conferences and therefore is required to be sensitive to the expectations for both music performance and spoken word in terms of sound quality.
    As a non- cuboid space, the Seaplane Harbour poses a significant challenge in terms of acoustics as its unconventional size and shape render it an intricate subject of research. A combination of theoretical calculations and on-site measurements was used in addition to analysis of original architectural sheets in order to determine the current acoustic condition of the museum. It was found that a long reverberation time as well as amplified frequencies of the lower range notably diminish speech intelligibility and reduce the quality of amplified sound in the museum. With advice from an experienced acoustic consultant, limitations to acoustic treatment were determined and possible solutions to existing acoustic defects were suggested.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2015 15:06
    Last Modified: 01 Jul 2015 15:06

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