Worship Sound Spaces unites specialists from architecture, acoustic engineering and the social sciences to encourage closer analysis of the sound environments within places of worship. Gathering a wide range of case studies set in Europe, Asia, North America, the Middle East, and Africa, the book presents investigations into Muslim, Christian and Hindu spaces. These diverse cultural contexts demonstrate the composite nature of designing and experiencing places of worship. Beginning with a historical overview of the three primary indicators in acoustic design of religious buildings, reverberation, intelligibility and clarity, the second part of this edited collection offers a series of field studies devoted to perception, before moving onto recent examples of restoration of the sound ambiances of former religious buildings. Written for academics and students interested in architecture, cultural heritage, acoustics, sensory studies and sound.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Religious Listenings: A multidisciplinary approach Christine Guillebaud and Catherine Lavandier PART 1. Sonic architecture: Acoustic intentions in worship buildings 1. Characterizing the acoustics of places of worship: Should we believe in acoustic indicators? Marc Asselineau 2. Towards a history of architectural acoustics using archeological evidence Jean-Christophe Valière and Bénédicte Palazzo-Bertholon 3. Temple soundspaces and ancient Hindu ritual texts Gérard Colas PART 2. Experiencing the sacred through sound 4. How do church bells sometimes make World(s) Gaspard Salatko 5. What should the reverberation inside the masjid be? Ahmed Elkhateeb 6. Soundwalkings in Shiva temple: an situated approach of the perceived ambiance Christine Guillebaud 7. Reflections on sound and space in Hindu rituals: Examples from Nepal Astrid Zotter 8. Resonant Voices and Spatial Politics Andrew J. Eisenberg PART 3. Restoring the sound ambiances of the Past 9. The church beyond worship Josée Laplace 10. Sound heterotopia in a Cistercian monastery Pascal Joanne 11. The original acoustics of the sixteenth-century Mughal heritage of Burhanpur, India Alpana R. Dongre, Amit J. Wahurwagh and Akshay P. Patil AFTERWORD The Attunements of Worship Jean-Paul Thibaud