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Why That Bass Beat Moves Us
a woman listening to music through headphones.
June 30th, 2014
Bass notes lay down beats in music worldwide, and new research may reveal why that is — the ear responds better to rhythms set by deeper sounds, scientists say.
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Smart DJs Use Mathematics to Mix the Perfect Beat (Op-Ed)
DJing, djs, mixing, beats, math
May 23rd, 2014
If DJs do a bad job of the mix, the two beat lines from each song won’t blend into each other. The most likely result of such a faux pas would be an instantly empty dance floor.
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Decoding Music's Resonance: Researcher and Performer Parag Chordia (Op-Ed)
Parag Chordia, music
April 8th, 2014
From insights into the mind are emerging new apps that attempt to turn everyone into a music performer.
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4 Unusual Ways Music Can Tune Up the Brain
May 30th, 2014
Music shapes the brain in many ways — it can alter brain structures in musicians, and enhance cognitive skills in children and adults alike, research shows. Still, scientists are continuing to learn much about the way the brain responds to music.
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'TransProse' Software Creates Musical Soundtracks from Books
man listening to music
May 11th, 2014
Researchers have managed to capture the emotions in novels and translate them into music. The work could transform the way people interact with literature, and lead to applications in information visualization.
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New Tattoo Makes Sweet Music
tattoo that makes music
March 21st, 2014
A new visual art project uses a sensor that crawls across the skin to read out and play music that is inked into the flesh.
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Brain Imaging Shows the Language of Music
Male Piano Player
February 19th, 2014
When jazz musicians let their creativity flow and improvise melodies, they use parts of their brains typically associated with spoken language — specifically, regions that help people interpret syntax or the structure of sentences, a new study finds.
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Your Favorite Novel Is Now A Soundtrack
headphones, music, books
May 29th, 2014
A new computer science project translates emotions described in books into music.
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Hot Tchaikovsky: Fertile Women Prefer Complex Composers
couple plays piano together
April 22nd, 2014
Women in the fertile phase of their menstrual cycle are more likely than women in the nonfertile phase to say they'd be interested in a fling with the composer of a complex tune.
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Why Some People Don't Like Music
March 6th, 2014
Some people just don't enjoy music, even though they can experience pleasure in other ways.
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