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Science to Serve Art

Science to Serve Art

We might not know exactly why good sound is important to us, as a species or to you as an individual. Neuroscience research, as of a few years ago, had no distinct answer to “Why music makes us feel good”. [1]

To get some quick feedback on the question “Why do you enjoy music?” I asked online. Do you feel these comments are out of ordinary?

Responses to the question, "Why do you enjoy music?"
Responses to the question, “Why do you enjoy music?”

Latisha Moening music comment

Have you ever been in love? Maybe you’ve been asked, “Why do you love me?”

How did that go? We struggle to form sentences to logically explain what we like[2], and this brings up a topic that’s not simple. I fumble through this as I’m not a psychologist or research scientist. What you might enjoy reading is “The Complex Psychology of Why People Like Things – How do you account for taste?”

Two worlds collide – Art and Science

Reproducing sound well brings science together with art. Without the desire to hear a performance again and again, the art that is the music, we wouldn’t need good sound systems. There are lots of ways to say why we value music. Relating with the artist. Expression. Relief. 

Whatever it all means, there’s a sense of duty to do it exceptionally well. Respect the art. Respect yourself as the listener to get sound right. Getting sound right doesn’t come from guessing or luck. 

Science in the service of art is our business.

Good sound is our product.

Follow along as there will be instructional content coming in the near future. One topic in the queue is Acoustic Measurements, along with tips on what to do with acoustic measurement data. 

Barry Schanz


[1] Will we ever… understand why music makes us feel good?

[2] The Complex Psychology of Why People Like Things – How do you account for taste?

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Music is Art

Music is Art

Music is art, following a creative process. The concept I want to share with you is that a process of creation can result in something far more beneficial to you or society at large than a mere collection of ideas and inspirational spurts from which the music resulted. 

There is nothing to ideas and inspiration if we do not act on them in a constructive manner.

Definition of music

1a the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity

b vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony 

  • choral music
  • piano music
  • recorded music



AUDIO reproduces MUSIC


AUDIO brings ART to YOU

“Audio is entertainment, but doing it well may require some homework.”

– Floyd E. Toole, retired research scientist for Harman International, author of ‘Sound Reproduction: Third Edition, The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms’

design process drawing on paper with pen

There’s a saying that you could fill a room with apes banging on keyboards and eventually you’ll get a work of brilliance, such as a Shakespearean sonnet. They also say the value of art is up to the eye of the beholder. If I’m going to say that music and sound reproduction, in my realm of specialty that is CAR AUDIO, I believe we should NOT bang away at this until we randomly arrive at an excellent sound system.

Said another way, there is a process of design to create an excellent car audio system capable of revealing the true beauty of music. 

What I intend to do is refine and share my creative design process for taking your car audio system, starting at any level of quality or status or stage of construction, all the way to “Press ‘Play, Enjoy”. Finished. 

The Art of Music Will Not Be Shrouded By a Bad Sound System Any Longer!

Barry Schanz