I read an interesting blog today about why people have stopped singing in church.
What I found particularly interesting was the fact that the two main reasons were the layout of the church and the acoustics. The author, Thom Schultz, suggests that church has become a spectator sport, with the layout of the structure encouraging the congregation to file in, sit, and file out with little participation.
Additionally, modern churches have increasingly started to use sound systems to amplify the choir’s singing. Thom Schultz argues that this encourages the congregation to simply listen as they cannot hear their own voices over the sound of the choir.
I love reading things like this since my research into Near Eastern Neolithic communal structures has incorporated a lot of discussion of the way the acoustics of the buildings, as well as the physical layout would have affected the way people used and experienced the space.
I love reading accounts of how the physical realities of space affect the way people actually engage in public events!