As an aspiring author, I understand the mechanics of evoking emotion through well-crafted stories or poems. We relate to collections of words because their meaning often generates empathy encouraging emotion: a smile for the happy ending, sadness at the loss of a friend.
Music too can evoke emotion: inspiration from Stars and Stripes Forever, melancholy to Moonlight Sonata, a laugh from Yankee Doodle Dandy. But how? How do collections of notes in a specific order wring emotion from us? Why do we cringe at a student’s halting performance of a familiar tune?
We can give the quick answer that music is a language unto itself: the notes chapters and verse that tell story and take us on journeys. But how? How does C followed by another note conjure joy while C followed by a different note elicit sadness?
Unlike language, which is a learned skill, no one taught us music. Children respond to Row Row Row Your Boat and Mozart too.
And here’s something else interesting. The older we get the more important the quality of our sound system becomes: with age and experience comes bigger hurdles to get past the constant clutter and noise vying for attention.
There’s a good reason we keep upgrading our systems.
Better sound elicits better emotions.
The listening room is where it’s at for thrilling music reproduction and I’ve had three great ones. Most Audiophiles I know don’t have options and don’t match the speakers to their room and thus their amplifiers to their speakers.
Our rooms are as important as our equipment yet only a scarce few of us have the luxury of choosing our room dimensions. Typically we take what we can get within our home and make the best out of it.
With our new building in process, we’re heavy into the architectural tasks of designing three new music rooms from scratch, a rare treat afforded only a very few audiophiles.
Our years of experience and research have been boiled down to a few simple formulae for calculating the ideal room size and we thought it might be a valuable service to our community to make that knowledge freely available. Over time we will also publish the architectural drawings for our rooms so any curious or prospective builders can copy them.
One of our programmers, Kevin Briggs, built a really cool automated room calculator we just launched on our website. If you go here you can see it in action. In the future, it’ll remain available under the web site’s Resource Tab.
On that same page is a great explanation of how room dimensions are calculated and why they matter. Take a moment to visit this free tool and you’ll get a quick education in the art of maximizing sound quality.