You really have to love science! I had to take my undergraduate course in musical acoustics twice because I just couldn't get my head around the math involved to figure out the speed of sound, reflection, harmonics and all that. I mean I understand the concepts, and I trust my ear and instincts when it comes to sound, blend and intonation, but I never think about the math involved. I didn't think I would need a course like this one to further my career in Choral Conducting, and for the most part, I've been right. There really is nothing I can do to change the acoustic in a given concert hall - and I'm not about to go out and design a new concert hall. A golf course, maybe, but not a concert hall.
However, I love to read about scientific research that could reflect in the enjoyment of music. This article on CBC.ca today caught my eye this morning. Imagine - a concert hall, or CHURCH wrapped up in a thin cloak that would remove all outside noises for perfect recording conditions! I wonder if I could convince some choristers to get a concert dress or tux made from the material of this "cloak"?