Each SoundWaves event's theme sheds a window of light onto how researchers consider that theme. Scientists or humanities researchers spend much of their time out of the public eye, doing complex research that is opaque to the layman. SoundWaves opens the door of the lab, metaphorically, and invites the public into the scientific mind. The same applies to the series' treatment of music: musical works are not just performed. In some cases, Professor Grabois elucidates the music itself, but in others he describes the process of learning a complex work, or the process of developing a particular technique. The benefit of all this: the public gains a deeper knowledge of the work that goes on at UW-Madison.