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Acoustics & Noise Control in New York
Acoustics and noise research organizations of international importance are located in the city of New York or in surrounding areas. They draw on the area’s historical legacy in the development of the telephone and the radio, the musical recording industry, medical research, architecture, noise control and the building of submarines.
Acoustical Society of America, Orange County Chapter
Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, New Jersey: the
Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory continues Bell’s historic
research on telephone acoustics and voice recognition
IAC (Industrial Acoustics Company), Bronx, New York: multinational
vendor of materials and construction methods to alleviate effects
of environmental noise (aircraft, road traffic, building acoustics);
established 1949, publish Noise Control Reference Handbook
Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, Rhode Island
Because acoustics spans different disciplines, acoustics research can be located in a variety of university departments, from music and biology to engineering or architecture. The following New York area universities conduct acoustics research in at least one department:
Consultants in acoustics are listed at the web sites acoustics.org and acoustics.com. The Reference USA database (a resource that the library pays for which is only available on SIBL premises) contains detailed information about many companies and consultants in acoustics. You can search this database for the following ‘SIC’ codes that define specialist businesses in acoustics:
329602 Acoustic materials, manufacturers
Acoustical consultants and materials suppliers also have their own section in the Yellow Pages. For specialists in architectural acoustics and building, consult the Blue Book Building and Construction directory (*R-TH13.N53.B58, by request at the McGraw Desk).
The city government of one of the world’s noisiest cities is naturally active in trying to limit or reduce the noise of traffic, machinery and inconsiderate neighbors.
Building Code of New York City, stipulates acoustic standards for new buildings, noise limits for external air conditioning machinery. On SIBL’s open reference shelves at call number *R - KFX2030 .A2B8 and searchable online over the Internet at http://nyc.gov/html/dob/html/code.html
BLOOMBERG SEEKS TO TOUGHEN CODE FOR NOISE IN CITY. (Metropolitan Desk) Jennifer Steinhauer. The New York Times June 8, 2004 pA1(L) col 06 (28 col in) (1105 words) article available at SIBL using New York Times full text database
New York City Noise Code (1998), posted on Internet by the Noise