Why I’m Closing The Science of Sound

The Science of Sound has been a unique experiment from the start. And a walk on a tightrope. Unfortunately, I’m unable to continue the website in its current form. Here’s why.

Since the beginning of The Science of Sound in January, I have posted a new in-depth article about audio technology every single week (with only one single embarrassing exception). The goal was to provide access to the knowledge and way of thinking that goes into the design and implementation of audio equipment. The engineer’s perspective, so to say.

A crazy amount of work went into the content on this website over time and it wasn’t always easy to maintain the posting schedule. But committing to posting weekly was the only way to not create another dusty blog with three posts. And I’m very proud of the results!

However, you might imagine that maintaining such a blog and posting such content is always a tightrope walk for a development engineer. On the one hand, I want to post unique and insightful content, on the other hand I need to be careful not to disclose trade secrets, possibly hurting my employer’s business. Thus, I couldn’t do such a project without my employer’s consent, and I am deeply thankful that my current employer – Kemper Amps – has supported this endeavor.

Now in the past weeks, I had to make some difficult decisions with a huge impact on my career and personal life. I decided to leave Kemper Amps and join Sennheiser next year. This is a great opportunity for me to grow further, both professionally and personally.

But as you might imagine, Sennheiser is a significantly larger company, with diverse knowhow and strong competition. As such, they are highly protective of their intellectual property. Consequently, I wasn’t able to reach an agreement regarding this project with my new employer.

Given the amount of work that lies before me in the next few months – handing over my projects to colleagues, moving to another city, preparing a conference talk and coping with the overall craziness of the situation – I decided stop the regular commitment sooner rather than later. That is, today.

That means the website as it is with all its current content will stay online, but there will be no regular new posts from now on. It doesn’t mean that there will be no posts at all, but none in the form you’re currently used to. I plan – however – to continue using The Science of Sound as a platform to post hints and links to interesting articles and resources occasionally.

I’m sorry to bring you this news today, but currently there is no other way.

Thank you for being with me all this time and for motivating me every week! This was a huge growth experience for me and I hope you were able to get some insight out of my articles as well.

If you’d like to have a chat, I’ll stay within reach via the usual channels: the contact form, Facebook, Twitter and of course the comment sections. Keep being awesome!

Waldbaer - October 5, 2016

That’s sad news indeed, even if I’m months behind concerning the reading. I’m a little surprised because it has not been a long time ago that you declared to invest even more time into this project. Anyways, we as readers only can say thank you for the time you already invested and of course the information. I wish you a great career and maybe you can still answer to upcoming discussions and help readers out in the future, too.
PS: I don’t understand why Sennheiser forbids you to maintain this blog (I’m sure you won’t post details about things in developement but only general topics which are interesting for people all around music, so why not?!)… I hope they have really interesting things for you in return.

    Christian Luther - October 6, 2016

    Thanks for the kind words! The thing is, investing more time means that such a project needs to become a sustainable business model to make up for the loss of not working full time otherwise. And I have indeed been working on some interesting projects. But honestly it didn’t feel quite right at this point in time, as I kinda hate the standard “monetization” strategies around blogs (and I’m really bad at doing the necessary promotion and sales work).
    As for Sennheiser: it’s not that they strictly forbid things like this, but in such a case it’s just hard to clearly draw the line between what’s ok and what’s not. It’s just too fuzzy to be really comfortable for both sides, so in a situation like this it’s better to make a clear cut. Which doesn’t necessarily mean that this cut is forever.
    And of course I’ll continue monitoring the comments and being open to any questions!

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