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Acoustics First talks Diffusion in Sound & Communications

Sound & Communications February 2020

When Sound & Communications needed some industry perspective on diffusion, they decided to go to the source.  Acoustics First has been developing sound diffusers for decades, and has done some of the most comprehensive research on developing testing standards for diffusion and reflected acoustic energy with the ASTM.

Acoustics First’s chief science officer, Jim DeGrandis, covers why diffusion is so much more complex than absorption in the February 2020 edition of Sound & Communications.

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Acoustics First would like to remind everyone that it’s the little things that matter…
…remember to wash your hands and stay safe.

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International Year of Sound 2020! Opening Ceremony.

Maxime Perrin and Samuel Thézé perform a musical interlude at #IYS2020

The importance of sound in culture, entertainment, safety, communication, and in defining the human experience is many times taken for granted – but not this year!  2020 has been designated the International Year of Sound, and throughout the year will be many special events focusing on the impact of sound and educating people about the importance of sound in enriching our lives.

Kicking off this worldwide event was an opening ceremony held on January 31st, in Paris at Sorbonne Grand Amphitheatre – which included supporters from across the globe who came to celebrate sound!  Acoustics First was there to support this launch!

There were talks from many prominent members of the acoustic and physics societies including:

Prof. Gilles Pécout (Rector, Académie de Paris)
Prof. Jean Chambaz (President, Sorbonne Université)
Prof. Mark Hamilton (President, International Commission for Acoustics)
Christian Hugonnet (President, La Semaine du Son)
Prof. Vincent Gibiat (President, Société Française d’Acoustique)
Prof. Michel Spiro (President, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics )
Dr. Shelly Chanda (World Health Organization Representative)
Marion Burgess (IYS2020 Co-Organizer)
Prof. Jean-Dominique Polack (IYS 2020 co-organizer)
Prof. Michael Taroudakis (Moderator)

Jim DeGrandis from Acoustics First (in his trademark hat!) speaking with Marion Burgess and Michael Taroudakis before the start of the ceremony.

Jim outside one of the sound exhibits at the #IYS2020

They debuted a short film produced by the International Commission for Acoustics and sponsored by i-ince called “Sound of our Life” directed by Antonio Fischetti – which shines a light on the different ways noise and sound impact our lives.

There were two sound exhibits at the ceremony, showing different ways to use speaker arrays and for different reasons.  One was for a driver and passenger listening to different music in a car, the other was a novel sound pillar that had different sounds travelling around the circumference.

There were also two cultural music events.  The first was a musical interlude performed by Maxime Perrin (accordion) and Samuel Thézé (bass clarinet).  The second was the “Révolutions Vocales” concert performed by Compagnie VocAliques, which was translated into English for this international audience.

Following the ceremony was a reception in the beautiful ballroom, where attendees could reflect on the ceremony and discuss the different events planned for this year.

Reception in the Sorbonne Ballroom.

Check out the Official International Year of Sound website at https://sound2020.org/

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New! ArtDiffusor® Nouveau™

ArtDiffusor® Nouveau™

ArtDiffusor® Nouveau™ Array

Acoustics First® is pleased to announce the latest addition to our ArtDiffusor® family of products: ArtDiffusor® Nouveau™. In some ways, these diffusive boards are the logical extension of our ArtDiffusor® Trim line. In other ways, they are the logical successor to the Art Diffusor® Model W. These robust diffusive planks (2.75” thick x 11.25” wide, nominal) can be installed to create 2’x4’ wooden quadratic diffusers in both ‘convex’ and ‘concave’ formats. Also, for architectural type applications, boards can be installed in larger arrays to create a rolling effect.  Art Diffusor® Nouveau™ is an excellent choice for anywhere that optimal acoustics and great design aesthetics are a must. Available now!

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ArtDiffusor® Nouveau™ Sound Diffuser

ArtDiffusor® Nouveau™ Sound Diffuser – Walnut

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Custom Sonora® Ceiling Clouds in NY!

Here are a few new pics, courtesy of one of our longtime associates in New York. For this facility, they installed several arrays of our Sonora Ceiling Clouds, some of them in custom trapezoidal shapes! Sonora Ceiling clouds are often a great option in facilities with high ceilings, but limited wall space.

Sonora® Ceiling Clouds

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Sonora® Install – Restaurant Ceiling

Sonora® Acoustical Panels help to tame a loud dining space

Have you ever found yourself enjoying delicious cuisine at a nice restaurant only to become frustrated and distracted by bad acoustics? The food is great, but you can’t hear the person sitting next to you.

It’s a common problem. Luckily, there’s a simple solution.

In the case of this Berkeley, California eatery, they installed a helping of our Sonora® Acoustical Panels directly to their ceiling to help tame their space. Sonora® Panels are an excellent option to help fix sound problems in various bar and restaurant situations, whether they are used on the walls or the ceiling.

And with dozens upon dozens of fabric colors and design options available, you can find something to complement or enhance virtually any décor.

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