Handbook detailing the use of acoustical equipment in measuring noise and vibration.

This Handbook details acoustical equipment used by architect and acoustician Hugh Vivian Taylor.

Hugh Vivian Taylor started practice as an architect in Victoria, Australia during 1923 and in acoustics in 1928.

The arrival of "talking pictures" in Australia in 1929 required acceptable acoustic conditions to ensure satisfactory reproduction of the sound. From 1930 to 1941 he acted as consultant for at least 434 theatres and public halls.

Acoustic equipment is used to measure the intensity of sound within an environment, for example outdoors or within a building.

The equipment consists of a microphone and sound level meter to pick up the sound, an analyser to determine the properties of the sound, for example, frequency and intensity, and an output meter to measure these properties. In some cases, sounds are produced using test records, for example in a building,

The key instrument is the sound level meter with its microphone. All the other instruments take their input from the sound level meter. These instruments include sound and vibration analysers and tape recorders.

The 'Handbook of Noise Measurement and Measurement of Vibration' is regarded by many acoustical architects as a good practical guide to making acoustical measurements. It is the basic reference for making noise and vibration measurements. Taylor would have used it in training his assistants. The Handbook provides an important sourcce of information about the work of H V Taylor.

Physical Description

Book with light brown covers with about 60 pages. Back cover is loose.


The arrival of 'talking pictures' in Australia in 1929 required theatres to have appropriate acoustic characteristics. From 1930 to 1941, H. Vivian Taylor was the architectural and acoustical consultant for at least 434 theatres and public halls.

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