Physicist and Vassar associate professor of physics and astronomy David T. Bradley will address “Worship Space Acoustics: The Sound of the Sacred” in a free, public lecture on Thursday, April 21, 8:00pm in the Vassar College Chapel. A dessert reception in the Chapel Tower Room will follow the presentation.
Bradley’s lecture will explore how the architectural design of a worship space helps or hinders the way religious programming is experienced. He will discuss how the sonic environment of a worship space affects the acoustics of spoken-word and music, paying particular attention to the acoustics of the Vassar Chapel. Additionally, he will examine the progression of acoustical design for worship spaces for a variety of religions over the past 30 years. Bradley will draw largely from the new book, Worship Space Acoustics: 3 Decades of Design, for which he served as the lead editor. This event corresponds with the release of the book, and copies will be available for purchase.
Bradley teaches a variety of courses at Vassar, and conducts research in architectural acoustics, computational acoustics, and physics pedagogy. He holds a Ph.D. in architectural engineering-acoustics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant that supports teacher-scholars.
This event is sponsored by Vassar’s Physics and Astronomy Department, Religion Department, Office of the Dean of the Faculty, and Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.
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