Music: Perfect Pitch

Nagata Acoustics, a virtuoso in sound, brings a new dimension to Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall

It's the unveiling of your firm's grandest project yet, the one that will cement--or ruin--your international reputation. And you hope and pray no one notices your work. For acoustics designers like Yasuhisa Toyota, success arrives when an audience is rapt in the music, oblivious to the complicated physics it takes to project a Beethoven symphony with warmth and clarity. Toyota is the director of Nagata Acoustics, a tiny Tokyo company that has just completed a plum assignment: collaborating with architect Frank Gehry on the long-awaited $274 million Walt Disney Concert Hall, which opened to critical praise in Los Angeles in October.

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