• How It All Began

Physics and Music


Architectural acoustics for liturgical space is a highly interdisciplinary field involving architecture, physics, sound, music, liturgy and more. It is a blend of science and art, a marriage of objective and subjective perceptions. The prescient and defining moment shown above was captured by internationally acclaimed photojournalist Anthony Boccaccio during my doctoral studies for an interdisciplinary Ph.D. supported jointly by the Eastman School of Music and the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Rochester. That’s how it all began.

This photo was taken in a University of Rochester physics lab where I taught an interdisciplinary course called The Physics of Music. The device shown here is a spectrum analyzer. The image on the analyzer screen is the acoustical spectrum of the trumpet tone that I’m playing, with my image reflected in the screen. Photo by Anthony Boccaccio.