The secret of Renaissance acoustics

Scientists have long puzzled over the acoustic properties of grand churches and performances of late Renaissance music with its elaborate, up-tempo harmonies. Now a physicist and a music technologist believe they have cracked the secret.

Braxton Boren and Malcolm Longair recently presented their findings on the acoustics of the Doge's Palace in Venice at the American Acoustical Society. Their presentation, complete with sound, may be viewed online.