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Music - 18.06.2024
The 'Queen of the Night' does not whistle
The ’Queen of the Night’ does not whistle
New findings about the sound production mechanism of ultra-high-pitched operatic singing Opera singers have to use the extreme limits of their voice range. Many pedagogical and scientific sources suggest that the highest pitches reached in classical singing can only be produced with a so-called "whistle" voice register, in analogy to ultrasonic vocalizations of mice and rats.

Music - Campus - 30.05.2024
Infants hear significantly more speech than music at home, UW study finds
Speech and music are the dominant elements of an infant's auditory environment. While past research has shown that speech plays a critical role in children's language development, less is known about the music that infants hear. A new University of Washington study, published May 21 in Developmental Science , is the first to compare the amount of music and speech that children hear in infancy.

Music - 14.05.2024
A new tune in the story of human history: what music tells us about the past
Taylor Swift's Eras Tour might be the latest chapter in pop history, but looking back into our musical past could also hold important clues about our culture and who we are as humans, according to a new study from The Australian National University (ANU). Utilising Theá Global Jukebox - an online database of more thaná5,000 songs - the study shows the unique capability of music to reveal new information about our cultural past and how songs sing to us over multiple generations.

Life Sciences - Music - 06.03.2024
The brain mechanisms behind our desire to dance
Why does some music make us want to dance more than others? This is the question that a research team from Inserm and Aix-Marseille UniversitÚ tried to answer by studying the desire to dance (also called the 'groove') and the brain activity of 30áparticipants who were asked to listen to music. Their findings show that the groove sensation is highest for a moderately complex rhythm and that the desire to move is reflected in the brain by an anticipation of the music's rhythm.

Music - 27.02.2024
Pythagoras was wrong: there are no universal musical harmonies
Pythagoras was wrong: there are no universal musical harmonies
The tone and tuning of musical instruments has the power to manipulate our appreciation of harmony, new research shows. The findings challenge centuries of Western music theory and encourage greater experimentation with instruments from different cultures. There are many more kinds of harmony out there Peter Harrison According to the Ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras, 'consonance' - a pleasant-sounding combination of notes - is produced by special relationships between simple numbers such as 3 and 4.

Music - Psychology - 26.01.2024
Listening to music after stress: ’Genre doesn’t matter’
Feeling stressed? "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Nothing Else Matters" or "Baby One More Time" might calm you down again. Psychologist and music scientist Krisna Adiasto discovered that music genre doesn't seem to play a role in the songs we choose to recover from stress, but the songs that work do have shared characteristics.