Posted in projects on May 22, 2014 5:28 pm EDT

WSDG Crafts Sound Isolation

Walters-Storyk Design Group specializes in critical listening and viewing environments applicable to faith-based spaces.


 

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By Church Designer Staff

..innovative and affordable acoustic solutions exist for curbing bursts of ear shattering entertainment, and for masking mind-numbing ambient sound.

Sound isolation has two objectives: Keeping the noise we make from intruding on our neighbors, and keeping noise generated externally from interfering with our powers of concentration. From Buenos Aires to Beijing, from Zurich to NYC, the need to rein in the volume while simultaneously pumping up the pleasure grows increasingly problematic. However, innovative and affordable acoustic solutions exist for curbing bursts of ear shattering entertainment, and for masking mind-numbing ambient sound.

Four brief case histories from the files of acoustic technology/systems integration leaders Walters-Storyk Design Group provide examples of diverse sound pollution causes and cures.

Le Poisson Rouge - New York, USA

Le Poisson Rouge is one of the coolest, and most successful, new clubs introduced to NY’s Greenwich Village in recent years. A sublimely flexible performance space, LPR’s live performance hall can accommodate audiences of up to 800. It features a large, fixed stage and smaller (trundled) center-room stage for more intimate performances. Guest artists have run the gamut from Paul Simon to Rickie Lee Jones, Yoko Ono and St. Vincent. Directly adjacent to the live room sits the LPR events lounge. Created to accommodate art exhibits and ‘low volume’ gatherings of up to 130 guests, the lounge is more focused on social interaction than performance-driven entertainment. Thanks to WSDG’s signature, recording studio acoustics expertise, LPR’s event and performance environments co-exist completely independent of each other. Decoupling construction technique were engaged to isolate sound. WSDG co-principal, John Storyk explains. “LPR is a textbook example of successful sound isolation. John Zorn might be wailing an ear-piercing saxophone riff on stage, but the guests in the lounge will be oblivious to the music. We’ve precisely ‘tuned’ the live room to complement virtually any style of performance artist, and we’ve received as many compliments on the quality of the sound within that space as we have for the lack of sound leakage into the lounge area,” he says.  continued >>

 

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