Dr. Leo Beranek earned his BA from Cornell College in Iowa, and went on to study at Harvard University earning his BS in 1940. He then stayed at Harvard working in the Electro-Acoustical Laboratory during World War II. Following many years at Harvard, Dr. Beranek became an Associate Professor of Communications Engineering at MIT where he stayed on staff as an associate professor while being s the Technical Director of the Acoustics Laboratory at MIT until 1958. In 1952 Dr. Beranek became the president of one of the largest acoustical consulting firms; Bolt Beranek and Newman, where he specialized in opera hall and concert hall acoustical consulting.
In honor of the acoustical pioneer, Leo Beranek, the Greater Boston Regional Chapter of ASA hosted a celebration at Boston’s Symphony Hall. The celebration consisted of an afternoon concert given by the BSO, which was followed by a reception.
There were approximately 40 students in attendance from both Northeastern, University of Hartford, and Emerson. Leo Beranek has been a member of ASA for 75 years.
Brian Robison is a composer whose creative work reflects his performing experience in a broad range of musical styles, his upbringing in a family of scientists, and his childhood fascination with non-human primates, especially chimpanzees. As a music theorist and analyst, he has published research on music by Sir Harrison Birtwistle and King Crimson, on applying fuzzy-set theory to music analysis, and on the so-called “Sensitive Female Chord Progression.” Dr. Robison is currently an Assistant Academic Specialist in the Department of Music at Northeastern University.
The theremin is one of the oldest electronic musical instruments, and distinctive in that the performer doesn’t touch the device while playing it. Come learn about the instrument’s history, its strengths and limitations, and try it yourself in a “hands-on” (i.e, hands-off) demonstration.
Darcy Kuronen has worked since 1986 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he is the Pappalardo Curator of Musical Instruments. In 2000 he organized the critically acclaimed exhibition, Dangerous Curves: Art of the Guitar, celebrating the diversity of guitar design over the past four centuries with 130 rare instruments from private and public collections. Kuronen also serves as volunteer curator to the collection of historical instruments owned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he received his undergraduate degree in harpsichord performance and a Master of Music with a concentration in the history of musical instruments. A specialist in early American instruments, he has written several articles and lectured widely on this subject.
Join us for a FREE event at the Museum of Fine Arts starting at 6:30 pm. The curator, Darcy Kuronen, from the musical instrument exhibit will give us a tour and demonstrations of special instruments. This will be a really fun and unique event! Plan to arrive at the MFA around 6:15 pm and be sure to bring your NEU ID. Date: Wednesday, March 26th Time: 6:30 – 7:30 PM Place: Museum of Fine Arts (Musical Instruments Exhibit)
About NEUASA: We are the first national student organization of the Acoustical Society of America in Boston. Within the Society there are over 13 subcategories of acoustics ranging from underwater to architectural. NEUASA strives to build a cross-disciplinary community on campus for students who are interested in acoustics and to provide an environment that enables first hand experience and sharing of ideas. For more information about ASA check out: http://acousticalsociety.org
Dave Potter is one of the ECE co-op coordinators. Before he came back to NU in 2002, he worked as a design engineer and engineering manager for a variety of companies in the area. He is a co-founder of several companies, holds 9 patents, and has made a career of something he developed a passion for in high school. He co-advises the Wireless Club and has been a licensed amateur radio operator for better than years. His degrees are from Northeastern in electrical engineering and his graduate research was in acoustics.
We will investigate loudspeakers and some of their characteristics, how to select them, a quick way to determine the best enclosure size, and have some hands-on experimentation with real equipment and loudspeakers.