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DAC - 5/16/2017 (Updated - 6/12/2017)

J. Ross Publishing has just released a unique handbook featuring the best of MCH's design guidance for Performing Arts, and spanning 20% of the entire volume.  Get yours HERE!
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Mid-level Acoustican
dac - 6/11/2017 (Updated - 6/12/2017)

Grand Opening of USC’s Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center
dac - 10/21/2016 (Updated - 12/18/2016)

USC celebrated its new Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center on 05 October 2016. The opening ceremony was well attended, including Glorya Kaufman herself, and renowned-choreographer William Forsythe, who commented,“It’s the most perfectly designed building - the acoustics, the floor, the sound system…it’s unbelievable, it’s state of the art.”

The Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculum is designed to prepare the artist, the innovator, and the entrepreneur. The hallmark of the USC Kaufman School — "The New Movement" — is the development of a new movement model that will be expressed in media, scholarship, studio practice, and choreography for the 21st century.

Located across from the new USC Village and the Thornton School of Music, the 55,000sf, 70ft-tall center is at the gateway of the busiest pedestrian crossing on campus, and becomes the arts nexus at USC. Featured are a Large Dance Performance Studio, 4 Medium Dance Studios, a Small Dance Studio, 2 Classrooms, plus requisite support spaces. MCH provided full-scope acoustical consulting throughout.  For a detailed project sheet, click here

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MCH at ASA Salt Lake City 2016
dac - 8/30/2016 (Updated - 10/21/2016)

MCH consultants were invited to present papers in three sessions of the Acoustical Society of America, the primary scientific professional society for all aspects of acoustics, at its semi-annual meeting in Salt Lake City, May 2016.

Presentations included performing arts venues (Modeling, measuring, and listening in a multi-purpose hall, by William Chu & Brandon Cudequest), HVAC noise control (A new format of short-profile fan coil units, by Brandon Cudequest & Tony Hoover), and sound system optimization (Listening for solutions to a speech intelligibility problem, by Tony).

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Taylor Blaine joins MCH!
dac - 7/22/2016 (Updated - 7/22/2016)

Taylor joins us in our Scottsdale, AZ office after several years as an audio engineer and composer in the entertainment industry. He concurrently earned a B.A. Recording Arts and a B.A. Individualized Studies: Acoustics and Music from Loyola Marymount University (2015). During this time, he was a teaching assistant in the School of Film and Television and a research assistant on loudspeaker room responses. He earned his M.S. Architectural Sciences (Concentration in Architectural Acoustics) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2016); his thesis, A Time-Varying Reverberation Algorithm Influenced by Source Directivity Modulation, focused on providing a non-static convolution reverb for use by recording engineers. He is a member of the Acoustical Society of America and the Audio Engineering Society, and was a founder and vice chair of the RPI Student Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America.

Taylor is presently engaged in renovation of a soundstage & post-production facility in California, mechanical system noise control at a new university extended-learning center in California, all aspects of an entertainment complex in Arizona, and environmental noise studies near Los Angeles International Airport.

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