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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?