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Worship Sound Spaces. A Multidisciplinary Approach

  • Guillebaud, Christine
  • Lavandier, Catherine
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2017
Kaleidoscope Open Archive
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The volume explores, with a transdisciplinary perspective, the various sonic issues project managers encounter when building or rehabilitating worship spaces in different cultural contexts. Building or rehabilitating such spaces relies on the contingencies imposed by the built environment, but also responds to specific qualitative prescriptions that may sometimes be the result of centuries of theorization. A first part is devoted to acoustic practices in buildings and explore the ritual action as a sensory experience. Another part of the volume consequently concerns ways of perceiving sound, both inside and outside places of worship, as is passes through closed, overlapping, or open spaces. A last part deals with the theories of the sound, a collection of initial intentions and sound prescriptions, concerning places of worship that developed at various time periods. This book, for the first time, sets out to unite specialists in this domain from both engineering and the social sciences, and use a wide range of case studies set in diverse cultural contexts (Europe, South Asia, North America, Africa).

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