Video Credit: NASA
Video Credit: NASA
Everything in space obeys the laws of physics. If you know these laws, and obey them, space will treat you kindly.
—Wernher von Braun
I hate prototypes.
I’m a church musician, an engineer who has worked in acoustics, and a former resident of southern California, so a post called Recreating the sounds of an ancient Greek church in LA caught my eye. I found it interesting from a technical point of view because it touches briefly on some electronically-based acoustical control techniques that I had worked with in the ’70s. Also, some of the aesthetic points relate to a paper Mrs. Hoge and I presented at the Audio Engineering Society Convention in LA in 1979 (when she was still Miss Potter).
As a church musician, I found a comment by one of the Orthodox chanters to be insightful.
“The primary purpose of the music is not to create enthusiasm or to bring attention to itself, but to be of service to the prayer and spirits of the congregation,” said Dimos Papatzalakis, speaking in Greek.
He was one of the chanters at the LA event, where the music took center stage in the absence of religious imagery. “The priest, the congregation and the chanter are forming one body in raising their voices and prayers to God,” he said.
Orthodox music has evolved slowly over the millennia, and it does powerfully direct a congregation’s mental and spiritual focus in a way that 21st-century praise bands miss.
Progress doesn’t come from early risers — progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.
A good engineer is always a wee bit conservative, at least on paper.
—Capt. Montgomery Scott
The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.