The Nature and Technology of Acoustic Space

The Nature and Technology of Acoustic Space

1st Edition - September 21, 1995

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  • Authors: Mikio Tohyama, Hideo Suzuki, Yoichi Ando

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This self-contained reference brings together the signal processing and subjective and physical aspects of modern room acoustics. The authors introduce the basic technologies of sound field control at a level which assumes basic knowledge of the Fourier transform and avc phenomena. Techniques of signal analysis are presented, followed by discussion of sound propagation, intensity distributions, and subjective and physiological responses to sound fields and sound field control.

Key Features

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@bul:* Describes the applications of modern acoustic theory
* Contains exercises which help the reader develop a solid foundation for future study in the field
* Suitable as a graduate-level text or for study by those with a basic understanding of classical room acoustics theory


Graduate students, researchers, and practitioners in acoustical sciences/signal processing.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction. Signal Analysis: Continuous Fourier Transform. Discrete Fourier Transform. Hilbert Transform. Time-Frequency Domain Analysis. Sound Propagation in an Enclosed Space: Reflection at a Boundary. Sound Power Output of a Source. Room Reverberation Theory. Statistics of Random Sound Fields. Transfer Function Statistics. Statistical Phase Analysis (SPA). Modulation Transfer Function of a Reverberant Space. Visualization of the Sound Field in a Room: Sound Intensity and Measurement Method. Intensity Field in a Room. Wave Field Around Sources. Other Types of Sound Intensities. Subjective and Physiological Responses to Sound Fields: Theory of Subjective Preference and the Limitation of Orthogonal Acoustic Factors. Slow Vertex Responses (SVR) Relating to the Subjective Preferences. Auditory Brainstem Responses (ABR) as a Function of the Horizontal Angle to a Listener. Model of the Auditory-Brain System. Individual Preference. Subjective Attributes. Sound Field Control in an Enclosed Space: Passive Control for Sound Power Transmission. Sound Field Reproduction and Sound Image Control. Inverse Filtering for a Reverberant-Sound Path. Active and Adaptive Control of Reverberant Sounds. SoundField Control for Concert Hall Acoustics: Sound Reinforcement for Speech Intelligibility. Sound Source Localization in a Reverberant Space. Sound Field Control for Concert Halls. A Design Study for Concert Halls. Exercises. Appendices. References. Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 326
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1995
  • Published: September 21, 1995
  • Imprint: Academic Press

About the Authors

Mikio Tohyama

Mikio Tohyama holds a Doctorate of Engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. Beginning in 1975 and for the next 18 years, Dr. Tohyama worked in research projects involving acoustics, vibration, and signal processing at the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) Research Laboratories in Japan. From 1993 until 2003 he was professor at Kogakuin University, Tokyo, before moving to Waseda University, Tokyo, where he was professor of sound and auditory perception until 2012. In 2012 he founded a research consulting firm, Wave Science Study (WSS), which he still runs today. His present research interests are sound signature analysis oriented to sound field perception. Dr. Tohyama enjoys playing the piano every day.

Affiliations and Expertise

Founder, Wave Science Study (WSS), Fujisawa, Japan

Hideo Suzuki

Affiliations and Expertise

Ono-Sokki Company, Ltd.

Yoichi Ando

Yoichi Ando
Professor Yoichi Ando was awarded the 1995 Institute Honor by the American Institute of Architects. His 30 years of work developing and applying new theories of concert hall acoustics have helped redefine the way music is heard. A scientist, author and educator, his achievements are a benefit to both the world of architecture and the world of music. He was Associate Dean at the Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kobe University, Japan. 1975 Received PhD from Waseda University    Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow (1975.7-1977.5) at Drittes physikalisches Institut, Universitat Gottingen 2001 Established Journal of Temporal Design 2002 Received Dottore AD Honorem“ (Laurea Honoris Causa), University of Ferrara 2003 Professor Emeritus, Graduate School Kobe University 2013 Member, Bologna Academy of Science Author: Concert Hall Acoustics, Springer (1985), Architectural Acoustics, Springer (1998), Auditory Visual Sensations, Springer (2009), Brain-Grounded Theory of Temporal and Spatial Design, and 10 other books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Kobe University, Japan

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