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TALASKE | sound thinking

TALASKE has a strong commitment to research that helps us build our resources, our understanding of acoustic and audio issues, and our ability to provide custom design solutions that will solve specific challenges. The pursuit of excellence in acoustics, audio and video design is a collective effort that requires a skillful combination of science, art and experience.

To improve our capability to predict and sculpt acoustics within un-built performance and assembly spaces, we pursue research through computer modeling and the use of physical models built to scale. We develop computerized auralization studies to help our clients and design team members reach informed decisions during the design process. Physical testing of components and furnishings to be installed in a building is often a cost-effective method of identifying the best products, shapes and details for a specific application.

Our audio and video designers participate in specific research efforts that benefit the industry. Because our consultants are respected practitioners in their fields, they are invited by major manufacturers to serve as strategic partners in development and testing of new products such as HiQnet by Harman International Company. We also serve as beta testers for products customized for specific applications, such as front-fill loudspeakers developed for the Jay Pritzker Music Pavilion in Chicago.

Our team conceives and conducts applied research to develop custom designs or evaluation methods for specific projects. Examples include:

  • For the design of an outdoor music pavilion for Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival, our acoustics consultants developed, researched and specified a first-of-its-kind orchestra riser system that maximizes the transfer of vibration across the stage through the risers.
  • TALASKE conceptualized a unique adjustable acoustics system that offers dramatic acoustic control with virtually no visual change to the room.
  • In collaboration with Mendel Kleiner of Resselaer Polytechnique Institute, the sound absorptive properties of Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s seats and floor materials were evaluated. This information was used to guide the renovation of this 130-year old concert hall and maintain the hall’s reputation for excellent concert hall acoustics.
  • To develop an acoustic solution to the challenge of an elliptically-shaped theatre, scaled and full-size mockups of sound-diffusive/sound transparent wall configuration were constructed and tested acoustically. The results of the physical measurements were then utilized within a computer model to predict the uniformity of sound distribution within the theater and to develop an aural simulation, allowing the client to hear the room prior to construction.
  • In association with LARES, a demonstration of an acoustic enhancement audio system was provided to the City of Chicago to show how an outdoor music facility can be made to sound similar to an indoor concert facility. This demonstration lead to the creation of the Pritzker Music Pavilion offering first-of-its-kind audio and acoustics features.
  • In association with Gary Siebein at University of Florida and Sam Berkow, a physical scale model of the California Center for the Arts Concert Hall was constructed. The model was filled with nitrogen and tested acoustically. The results of the test were combined within a computer with music recorded within a reflection-free environment to create an oral simulation of the sound of the hall prior to construction.
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