Monday, April 21, 2008

Sun Studio Acoustics

One of Sun Studio's defining characteristics are its unique acoustics. As noted on the Department of Interior website as part of the record when the
Department designated Sun Studio as a National Historic Landmark:

"It was one of the first music recording studios that took acoustics into consideration in its design. The acoustical tiles on the ceiling and on the front and rear walls were installed in patterns so that the room does not have any parallel surfaces. Beginning at the front wall of the studio, there are rows of tiles that angle down from the ceiling, then sharply back up for four rows to a section that is two rows deep and lays flat on the ceiling. Four more rows angle down and sharply back up to another section laid flat. This pattern repeats down the length of the ceiling and gives the ceiling a kind of undulating appearance. In section it is similar to the design of a jerkin-head roof, and in appearance somewhat like short, adjacent barrel vaults spanned between the building's side walls. Tiles on the front and rear walls also project out at intervals rather than lay flat on the surface. The tile was installed in this way to prevent standing waves of sound in the studio."

The same acoustical tiles still hang on the studio walls to this day.

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