A bridge between tech and art
Music is largely based on physical media, like the physics of musical instrument, acoustics of spaces and our auditory system. My ambition during the last years have been to make the understanding and relevance of the physical aspects of music more accessible for everyone involved with music. The reason for that is that I think a common understand of the basic principle of sound and acoustics can make communication between musicians, sound engineers and acousticians more effect. Through effective communication we can better work together to explore and design new exciting solutions for the world of music.
One background for this point of view is my PhD project, where I was eager to listen to the musicians’ point of view regarding acoustics for orchestras. This input contributed largely to the approach and the results for this project! I think acousticians can have a lot to learn by chatting with musicians, but it requires a common language and mutual respect for the other part’s point of view (also see my PhD project results summary). I think some basic insight into acoustics can make it easier for musicians and sound engineers to have their experiences and opinions being relevant and heard when for instance acoustic spaces are planned. After my PhD project I’ve been teaching acoustics for sound engineer students, which has been very exciting. I’ve produced some literature aiming at providing a basic understand of acoustics for music (at NISS). This literature is unfortunately so far only in Norwegian, but is freely available (see my post below).
I have been considering at some point writing a brief book covering the basic principles for acoustic spaces and sound systems (in English), which are relevant in practical situations. Or make some brief resources and discussion available on this page. My initial questions are:
- How technical should such a book/resources be? Would it be better to present relations and discussions rather that being bugged down in being quantifying matters? Or maybe a combination?
- What are musicians and sound engineers actually curious to learn more about regarding acoustics? What are the main “mysteries”?
What are your thoughts?
Your input on my questions are most welcome, please comment below. Having some discussion on the need, form and content for such a book would be great!