|Re: Common House Noise Calming||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: MWorswick (MWorswickaol.com)|
|Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2000 08:51:34 -0700 (MST)|
This topic may have already been covered in the extensive discussion on common house accoustics. But let me mention another idea on reducing noise at meals. Rob makes an excellent point about the behavior of diners making a huge difference (loud children, etc.). Joani's comments about music got me thinking of the whole MOOD thing that can be planned with a meal. For example, if dinner starts with low lighting and peaceful background music (sounds like some romantic restaurant, right!) it tends to calm people down and lower the sound level. Our common house dining room has several LIGHTING STRATEGIES including wall sconces, dropped fixtures over tables, and indirect uplighting in the central vaulted space, all of which can be dimmed to set the mood. Numerous times I've found myself turning down the lights when I'm really trying to turn down the noise level. It seems to have a strong cause and affect relationship. (Not to say that you can't have a raucous party in the dark...but that's another story). My main point is to plan for multiple lighting sources on dimmers, or try candlelight, in order to set a calm and QUIET mood. Matt Worswick Resident of Harmony Village Synergy Design Cohousing Design Specialists (303) 278-1880 In a message dated 12/07/2000 5:36:40 PM Mountain Standard Time, cohousing-l [at] freedom2.mtn.org writes: << Noise. Love Sherri's suggestions about noise taming. Here's one more. Some cooks think it's cool to accompany dinners with music. Unfortunately no one usually is listening to the music at dinner time, so all it does is make people raise their voices. It is perhaps okay to have music playing for atmosphere as people collect for dinner, then maybe turn it on again quietly during desert/after dinner coffee or tea, especially if the dinner crowd has thinned. But while the main consumption is taking place, I strongly prefer no music. >>
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