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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 The  Global Jukebox - an online database of more than 5,000 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 Université tried to answer by studying the desire to dance (also called the 'groove') and the brain activity of 30 participants 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.

Music - 07.12.2023
Singing, a good exercise for maintaining speech quality
Singing, a good exercise for maintaining speech quality
Singing, at any age, can improve accuracy and speed of elocution during complex tasks . Talking is an exercise that requires great coordination between the lungs and the muscles that control the vocal cords, jaw, tongue and lips. As the years go by, these anatomical structures undergo changes that affect vocal function.

Economics - Music - 31.10.2023
Music on YouTube benefits unknown artists - but reduces revenues of the big players
Music on YouTube benefits unknown artists - but reduces revenues of the big players
Music hits that are made available for free by users on YouTube are less in demand on platforms such as Spotify or Apple Music. For the broad mass of lesser-known artists, on the other hand, uploading to YouTube by users can help them gain more attention and thus revenue via more lucrative platforms.

Life Sciences - Music - 21.09.2023
The ’ring’ of regions orchestrating brain function
New research published in a high impact journal shows that there could be "one Ring to rule them all" orchestrating brain dynamics, in some ways similar to Tolkien's famous poem in The Lord of the Rings. The study has identified a ring of regions of the prefrontal cortex which sits at the top of the hierarchical system governing brain dynamics.

Life Sciences - Music - 02.06.2023
Highschool student partners with SFU music specialist to research the developing teenage brain
Highschool student partners with SFU music specialist to research the developing teenage brain
When Burnaby eighth grader Advaith S. Iyer decided to participate in the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair (GVRSF) for the first time this spring an ambitious research idea emerged. Seeking to test the cognitive load - the amount of work the brain is doing - associated with playing musical instruments, his high school laboratory equipment was insufficient for his complex experiment.

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.
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