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"Shortened and detached notes that are abruptly disconnected”
Staccato Note™ will provide solid acoustic performance alongside an incongruent approach to internal design, where it is for a brutalist style art installation project for treating reverberation or using as part of an Anechoic Chamber installation. You can see the use of Staccato in the experimental and experiential collaboration with the Zabludowicz Collection and sonic artist Haroon Mirza which you can view below.
Whether you are an interior design team looking to break the edge but would like some inspiration or building an Anechoic Chamber - our select case studies will show what is the tip of the iceberg of just how many possibilities there are now in sound absorption - it is no longer the ugly patch on the wall that just absorbs sound. Whether there is something you like but would like to alter slightly or something you dislike, or you have found the perfect design, but all you want is a different colour - whatever it is, we can help you narrow your options and discuss them with you!
Perhaps you have found our Note™ materials and thought, well I like all of them - but how do I create my design, or how do I put them together? Well, we want to listen to your idea and help you to put them in your space. Our in-house design team can help you every step of the way by bringing them to the physical world as we look at how each idea is best structured and how it will fit together,
Then we create visualisations of each space (both existing spaces or new spaces alongside the architect’s visualisation) to see how they will look in placement. We then send this off to our cutting team who have state-of-the-art precision cutting tools - and then finally we send these flat packed to your installation team, or our installation team if you’re looking for the whole package.
Soft Note™ is suitable for a vast range of environments - and it’s wrapped options which help to hide exposure to ‘picked’ material for young children making it a brilliant choice for education environments that only have walls as available space. Other than this Soft Note™ can be installed anywhere from large pool environments, nightclubs that offer huge cavernous spaces and in workplace environments.
Staccato Note™ is one of our more experimental options available, so visually it may not be your cup of tea - or it might be your perfect one. As an Anechoic Chamber focused choice, they offer excellent levels of sound absorption that could also be placed in school recording studios, recording and audio mastering environments and the most design-led of spaces.
A straightforward explanation of reverberation is that it is the result of sound trapped in a room, and not the sound moving through a partition such as a wall, floor or ceiling. When this sound is 'trapped' without anything to absorb it, it will begin to bounce off reflective surfaces. Some examples of reflective surfaces are glass, wood, stone and even plasterboard. When a soundwave comes into contact with these surfaces, it reflects on to another surface, and then another until that sound disappears or falls below a certain sound level, one below the background noise level. It is this reflective sound energy that leads to misinterpreting or failing to hear speech in classrooms, sports halls and swimming pools, three typical examples of where reverberation is a negative effect. But, we need reverberation to help carry our voice or to carry musical performances such as in auditoriums or classical music halls, each one designed to have its own unique sound. Creating a completely absorbent environment will leave the sound very 'dry' and unnatural, and you will need to introduce further distribution of sound systems or public address systems to make up for this.
There is a 'sweet spot' for every environment, and you will need to factor in each type of event or purpose of your room so that we can together make the right decision in what levels are best suited for reverberation.
In these cavernous-like halls and in the petite critical-listening spaces, it is the introduction of soft materials that begin to introduce absorptive surfaces. It is the addition of these that turn sound energy into thermal energy when the sound wave makes contact, but don't worry, the heat generated from this is not noticeable, you will not feel the panel increasing in heat. These sound absorptive materials will often need even spacing through the open space on walls and ceilings, and careful placement of these to maximise performance as the sound 'bounces' around the room.
Reverberation is a complex issue to understand, especially if you are looking at the mathematical equations that predict the level of reverberation, or at estimations made from acoustic modelling, or even the results from acoustic testing and what they mean to you and your project. We briefly explain each of these points as just as possible, from what reverberation is and how it can affect us especially our communication and our concentration. We aim to update this as often as we can with new research and provide blogs on areas revolving around reverberation.
Staccato Note™ can be provided in different densities depending on your acoustic requirements and level of sound control needed, they can also be altered in size if required to provide deeper wedges for the control of lower frequencies.
Staccato was used in the art project at the Zabludowicz Collection as a showcase of what sound control meant in the Anechoic Chamber itself, but it could be used anywhere to control sound if the design is to your fancy. Perhaps you are creating a floating floor construction and would like a spiked design that helps to reduce reverberation - Staccato Note™ could be used here!
It is merely adhered individually, very easy to do - for questions revolving around appropriate adhesives for certain building materials, speak to our team!