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Life Sciences - Music - 22.05.2023
Embryo-like models help map early stages of development
Embryo-like models help map early stages of development
An organism's body plan arises through a process called gastrulation, during which the embryo forms three distinct layers of cells that will later give rise to all organs. Now, FMI researchers have mapped the development of three-dimensional clusters of cells that mimic aspects of gastrulation, providing important insights into the molecular mechanisms that regulate early embryonic development and cell fate determination.

Music - 04.05.2023
UK weather conditions influence music success in the markets
Music is an integral part of our daily lives, but what makes a song successful in the competitive music market remains a mystery to even the most experienced experts. A new study, led by researchers at the University of Oxford, suggests that environmental factors such as weather conditions and seasonal patterns can play a significant role in shaping listener preferences and choices, potentially impacting a song's success in the market.

Health - Music - 06.03.2023
Myth Mozart effect: Listening to music does not help against epilepsy
A new study by psychologists at the University of Vienna shows that there is no scientific evidence for the alleged positive effect of Mozart's Sonata KV448 on epilepsy . The music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has been attributed with amazing effects, especially in the last fifty years. Reports about possible positive effects of listening to Mozart's Sonata KV448 on epilepsy symptoms received high media attention.

Music - 17.01.2023
The Consoling Power of Music: The Role of Emotions and Musical Aspects
Music and emotions are inextricably linked to one another. Music's ability to evoke emotion in listeners, is one of the reasons why people turn to music to improve their mood or express what they are feeling. Even though music is able to console, little systematic research has considered how music can offer consolation.

Music - Computer Science - 16.12.2022
'Ediphon': Editing pop music scientifically with the help of an app
’Ediphon’: Editing pop music scientifically with the help of an app
Research Award Winner at the University of Paderborn Presents Results In classical music, editions are considered the basis of scholarly study of music. Unlike classical music, however, pop music is not composed on music paper, but in audio data. The substance of pop music is its sound. Rebecca Grotjahn, professor at the Department of Musicology at the University of Paderborn and the Detmold University of Music, is investigating how this can be edited as so-called -phonographic- music.

Music - Psychology - 02.12.2022
Playing the piano boosts brain processing power and helps lift the blues - study
A randomised control trial led by Bath psychologists shows the positive effects learning to play music for just a few weeks has on cognitive abilities. A new study published by researchers at the University of Bath demonstrates the positive impact learning to play a musical instrument has on the brain's ability to process sights and sounds, and shows how it can also help to lift a blue mood.

Music - Life Sciences - 28.09.2022
How is birdsong composed? Listening to the Australian pied butcherbird
An international collaboration between musicians and birdsong scientists has found that in the Australian pied butcherbird songs surveyed, the order of song elements is strongly related to rhythmical timing. In a study published today on Australian pied butcherbirds in Royal Society Open Science, researchers found that the order of their song elements is strongly associated with the butcherbird's rhythmical timing.

Music - Health - 28.09.2022
Wind music causes less transmission than singing
Playing wind instruments spreads more viruses than breathing, but less than speaking or singing A relatively large number of viruses can emerge from the clarinet. It releases considerably more aerosols, which can contain pathogens such as Sars-CoV-2, compared to other instruments such as the flute. However, the risk of transmission from an infected person playing a wind instrument is generally much lower than for people who sing or speak, provided that one spends the same amount of time in their vicinity.

Health - Music - 09.06.2022
Music training promotes better beat perception in Parkinson's patients: study
Music training promotes better beat perception in Parkinson’s patients: study
A new study out of Jessica Grahn's music lab suggests music training may preserve certain rhythmic motor training abilities in early-stage Parkinson's disease. Grahn, a psychology professor and member of the Western Institute for Neuroscience , combines her unique background as a classically trained concert pianist and training as a neuroscientist to focus on why humans move to rhythm, and how and why movement and rhythm may be connected in the brain.  "Humans naturally perceive and move to a music beat, falling into the rhythm through clapping, tapping and dancing," she said.

Music - 08.06.2022
Safe singing in choirs during pandemics
Safe singing in choirs during pandemics
In order to investigate how aerosols, as possible carriers of viruses, are distributed in the room during a choir rehearsal, research teams from the University of Leipzig and the TU Bergakademie Freiberg carried out measurements during choir rehearsals in recent months. The researchers now report on their findings in the Journal of Voice.

Music - Economics - 08.06.2022
Study calls current salary model for music streaming services into question
Study calls current salary model for music streaming services into question
How should profits from music streaming services be paid out to artists? The discussion is never-ending because with the current model, users also pay for music they don't listen to. A new study by marketing experts at Universität Hamburg and the Kühne Logistic University has now calculated the impact.

Physics - Music - 20.09.2021
The nanophotonics orchestra presents: Twisting to the light of nanoparticles
The nanophotonics orchestra presents: Twisting to the light of nanoparticles
Physicists at the University of Bath observe a new physical effect in chiral (twisted) nanoparticles. Last updated on Thursday 23 September 2021 Physics researchers at the University of Bath discover a new physical effect relating to the interactions between light and twisted materials - an effect that is likely to have implications for emerging new nanotechnologies in communications, nanorobotics and ultra-thin optical components.

Music - Life Sciences - 26.08.2021
Why can’t we identify music notes as well as colors? A perfect pitch study offers clues
UChicago Board of Trustees' gift launches new $200 million commitment to undergraduate financial aid and educational access Both light and sound travel as waves, with characteristics that allow people with typical vision and hearing to perceive and categorize them when they reach their eyes and ears: "That's a small red dog barking," someone might say.

Music - Computer Science - 12.08.2021
Do You Hear What I Hear? A Cyberattack
Carnegie Mellon University Cybersecurity analysts deal with enormous amounts of data, especially when monitoring network traffic. Printed out, a single day's worth of network traffic may rival a thick phonebook. Detecting an abnormality is like finding a needle in a haystack. "It's an ocean of data," said Yang Cai (left), a senior systems scientist in Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab.

Health - Music - 15.07.2021
Music Streaming Consumption Fell During COVID-19 Lockdowns
Carnegie Mellon University Researchers said countries where fewer people were commuting and traveling due to restrictions also saw video platform usage surges The COVID-19 pandemic was expected to change how people consume media. A new study analyzed online music streaming data for top songs for two years in 60 countries, as well as COVID-19 case and lockdown statistics and daily mobility data, to determine the nature of those changes.

Music - Health - 04.03.2021
Musical Memories as Mood Boosters
Musical Memories as Mood Boosters
Hearing sounds that are linked to positive experiences from the past can considerably increase well-being, reduce depressive moods and alleviate behavioral problems in people with memory loss, a study by the University of Zurich in cooperation with clinical partners has found. The work with music and memories also benefits the nursing staff and carers involved.

Music - Computer Science - 19.01.2021
Machine learning helps retrace evolution of classical music
Machine learning helps retrace evolution of classical music
Researchers in EPFL's Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab in the College of Humanities used an unsupervised machine learning model to 'listen to' and categorize more than 13,000 pieces of Western classical music, revealing how modes - such as major and minor - have changed throughout history. Many people may not be able to define what a minor mode is in music, but most would almost certainly recognize a piece played in a minor key.

Music - 20.10.2020
Hooked on Music: test your Eurovision music knowledge
What is a hit song made up of? And why are some songs much easier to remember than others? Musicologists Ashley Burgoyne and Henkjan Honing investigated this by using music from the Eurovision Song Contest. In the recently launched online experiment Hooked on Music , participants listen to songs from the Eurovision Song Contest throughout the years.

Health - Music - 20.08.2020
Singing is no more risky than talking finds new COVID-19 study
The performing arts has been badly affected during the coronavirus pandemic with live musical performances cancelled for many months because singing was identified as a potential "higher risk" activity. New collaborative research has shown that singing does not produce very substantially more respiratory particles than when speaking at a similar volume.

Music - 17.08.2020
Bringing computational music analysis beyond the traditional canon
Bringing computational music analysis beyond the traditional canon
Scientists in EPFL's Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab (DCML), led by Martin Rohrmeier, have used data science and statistical techniques to characterize the musical style of choro, a primarily instrumental genre from Brazil, for the very first time. The study , which was recently published in the Journal of New Music Research , identifies key stylistic traits from some 300 pieces of choro music, providing an unprecedented empirical analysis of the harmony and form of the genre, which emerged in 19 th century Brazil and is still popular today.
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