Have you noticed how the way a space feels really depends on how it sounds? Take the California Academy of Sciences for example. With all the hundreds of visitors running around you’d think it would be crazy loud. But the voices aren’t overwhelming at all.
That’s because a San Francisco company designed the sound in here. Yes – designed the sound! There’s people who do this everywhere. They’re called sound architects. At engineering firm ARUP’s SoundLab they can listen to the sound of buildings before they’re even built.
This is the broadcast premier of a new, 90-second audio show called, The World According to Sound. It's made by KALW's Chris Hoff and Marketplace reporter Sam Harnett. Today's episode brings us to the mud pots of Southern California.