A chill ran up my spine and that's when it hit me!
DOES TEMPERATURE AFFECT SOUND?
Obviously sound is affected by environment and the space it's in, but can temperature actually affect it?
I've never heard of it being 'too hot' for people to hear or 'too cold' that the sound hurts peoples ears.
I know temperature can affect how you feel when you're hearing music but can it actually affect the music?
"Temperature is also a condition that affects the speed of sound. Heat, like sound, is a form of kinetic energy. Molecules at higher temperatures have more energy, thus they can vibrate faster. Since the molecules vibrate faster, sound waves can travel more quickly."
(Temperature and the Speed of Sound, n.d.)
Knowing the new knowledge about sound being a kinetic energy, there must be a 'perfect' temperature in which music can be played, taking into consideration the style of music and BPM. With an acoustic, slow gig you wouldn't want the temperature to be hot in which the music would speed up.
It's quite a serious point, especially if the temperature could make or break a gig. It's just a serious as the acoustics in the room. It's funny that I've never heard anyone, ever, raise this point and showing that it can have such serious effects as to speed up the sound of the music.
So, I ask you, have you ever thought about it?
Temperature And The Speed Of Sound (n.d.). NDT Resource Center [online]. Available at: <http://www.ndt-ed.org/EducationResources/HighSchool/Sound/tempandspeed.htm>
[Accessed 20th October 2012]