Science

Music is an art, but it’s built on a system entirely governed by math and physics. That means scientists can have their fun too by studying our craft and sharing their results. In the Science category of the Ledger Note Blog, we’ve gathered all of the good stuff for you. Check it out below.

Acoustic Prism Invented - Breaking Sound Into Frequencies

Saturday - Dec 3, 2016 Science

I see this technology completely revolutionizing speaker systems for concerts and arenas... The team over at the École Polytechnique Fédérale Dé Lausanne, a research facility in Lausanne, Switzerland, has invented what's being called an Acoustic Prism. We all played with optical prisms in school growing up.  These were those transparent pyramidal triangles that refracted light, […]

Acoustic Treatment: Where Does the Absorbed Sound Go?

Thursday - Aug 11, 2016 Science

This is a common question that gets asked by the insightful, but not scientifically inclined members of the music community: "So where does the absorbed sound go in acoustic treatment?" That's a clever question.  We know that the entire reason we need acoustic treatment is because sound bounces around off of the walls in the […]

How Does MP3 Compression Work?

Thursday - Jul 21, 2016 Science

How does MP3 compression work?  That's a common question that deserves a fast answer.  I actually searched around the net before sitting down to write this and noticed that everyone was writing novels about the topic but nobody could explain it in a quick, normal-person manner.  So here we go! "Any sufficiently advanced technology is […]

25 Crazy Science-Supported Facts About Music

Friday - Jul 8, 2016 Science

The mental_floss magazine tasked John Green of their List Show to compile 25 Facts About the Science of Music... He went above and beyond to make sure these were actually surprising, amazing, and conversation-inducing.  Check out the 10 minute video below or scroll down for our TL;DR version: While won't suck all the life out […]

Are Expensive Studio Cables Worth the Money?

Wednesday - Jul 6, 2016 Science

Are these crazy expensive studio cables worth the cash?  How come I can buy a Livewire XLR cable for a literal fraction of the price of a Monster cable?  And then I see these ridiculous audiophile cables asking a thousand dollars or more for a single cable?  What's the deal?  Do they actually produce better […]

The Faces of Rock: Composite Images of 30 Classic Bands

Thursday - Oct 15, 2015 Science

A luxury facial hair grooming company called West Coast Shaving got sick of lead singers getting all of the attention.  The other band members count too, and often are more handsome or at least rock a better beard! With this in mind, they wanted each legendary rock band out there to have a "face" for everyone […]