SMC 86: Castrati

The Lancet: Voice of the Castrato

Journal of Anatomy: Hyperostosis frontalis interna (HFI) and castration: the case of the famous singer Farinelli (1705–1782)

The Castrati in Opera, Angus Heriot, Calderbooks, 1960

The Journal of Sexual Medicine: Castrati Singers—All for Fame: A Commentary

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Musical Relativity

Einstein-E equals Fb

 

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Physicists on Einstein and Einstein on the Beach

My name is Hai-Ting Chinn. I’m a singer, and I’m in the 2012 production of Einstein on the Beach. If you’ve seen the production, I’m the one with pig-tails who listens to the conch shell. I also sing the aria called “The Bed,” which consists of a series of increasingly longer and higher notes with no consonants (and no mercy for the singer!), and accompanies a white bar of light as it disappears into darkness.

I’m also a not-so-secret science geek. I have a podcast called Scopes Monkey Choir: where music and sound meet science and skepticism, which I co-host with composer Matthew Schickele. While touring with Einstein on the Beach, I’ve been interviewing scientists about Einstein, both the person and the opera.

Our regular listeners know all this already, and are probably wondering why I’m telling them yet again. It’s because I thought that some of the audience of the opera, who have never heard or even heard of our podcast, might be interested in hearing those interviews.

In this post are links to the episodes in which I chat with scientists about Einstein on the Beach, plus a conversation with Philip Glass. Enjoy, and thanks for listening!

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SMC 85: Interview with physicist Sean Carroll

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Interview with physicist and author  Sean Carroll.

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Libration: a song

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SMC 84: Interview with Indre Viskontas

The fantabulous neuroscientist/soprano Indre Viskontas.

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SMC 83: Cooperation, Compassion, Tapping

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Hi-Fi Writer on the loudness wars.

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 ”The Frog Song” (above) from the study about children’s cooperation. (PDF)

Group music sessions ‘may boost empathy in children.’ (coverage, study)

NYTimes column mentioned.
“Tapping” study (PDF).

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SMC 82: Aurora, Piracy, Elephants, and Boring Pop

Finland aurora study: are there sounds associated with the northern lights?

70 Percent of All Music Piracy Happens Offline.
Study by the NPD group, a market research firm.

The secrets of the elephant’s larynx. (NYTimes, Study)
Video of elephant vocal folds.
Video of elephants in wild making infrasonic calls.

Modern pop: louder and “dumber?” Let’s discuss the limits of this study.
SciAm coverage.
Slate coverage.
The Million-song dataset.
The loudness wars (video).

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SMC 81: Derek’s Music Therapy Experience

We interview Derek Colanduno about his post-stroke experience with music therapy, and how his relationship with music changed.

Mentioned: The Shepherd Center.

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SMC 80: Avocado, Fly-sex bat attacks, Interview with a synesthete

We’re back from The Amazing Meeting.

Putting out fire with sound.

Ultrasonic avocado testing. (Early research)

Fly sex ups bat attacks. (coverage, paper)

Interview with Emily, a synesthete. (Hear our original episodes about synesthesia, 5 & 6)

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