The 5 Key Takeaways of Having A PhD In Acoustics

This is Neeco Delaf debut EP – a twisted, dark and hypnotic soundtrack about nightly endeavors of love and loss – following his previous singles ’Hounded’ and ’Anthropology’. The latter was compiled on Café Del Mar XXII last year. Neeco Delaf, the soon-to-be PhD in acoustics is fascinated by the most basic of nature’s sounds and how they – in the right combination – can change our perception of things. He creates beautiful and dark electronica.

“In my daily job, I strive to understand the physics behind the generation of sound from various sources and its propagation to our ears, with the goal of having a better control of sound emissions to adjust engineering designs. Both music production and research require creativity, hard work, planning, care to details and self-criticism. Taking a PhD has made me more efficient and creative when writing music, and the same goes the other way around.” Here are his top 5 key takeaways from having a PhD in acoustics.

  1. Even though they are hidden behind user-friendly interfaces, physics and mathematics theories are essential to modern music producing. Signal processing, spectral analysis, encoding techniques, spatial sound are all heavily used. Music softwares are made in a way that it is possible to make music with very little or no scientific knowledge, but I believe that knowing how things work behind the scenes helps in making the right decisions.
  1. Both music production and research need creativity, hard-work, planning, care to details and a lot of self-criticism. Taking a PhD (I’m not yet graduated btw, maybe I should work on that…) has made me more efficient and creative when writing music, and the same goes the other way around.

  1. In my daily studies, I strive to understand the physics behind the generation of sound from various sources and its propagation to our ears, with the goal of having a better control of sound emissions to adjust engineering designs. Making music at night is a liberating process because I can create and shape sounds as I like with almost no constraints. The sound is no longer a by-product of the design, it is the design itself. With the increasing awareness of the impact of the sound environment on our daily lives, I think that music, sound design and noise management will have more and more crossovers in the near future
  1. When listening or making music nowadays, I think about things that I didn’t think about before, like how we perceive various frequencies in relation to others for example.
  1. All of this sounds very serious… Thankfully music doesn’t have to be as exact as science. And it shouldn’t. Imperfections are what makes music touch us!

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