Flattened Tuba

Sousaphone, really. Spotted at the back of a music store by Bob Novella.

flat tuba, flattened sousaphone

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SMC 79: PianoSleep, GenY, EyeMusic

Science Fair album released to benefit science & engineering education for girls. (Coverage, Buy it)

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Hearing known songs during a snooze may help people play them later.

Does generation Y prefer low-res sound?

Converting Images Into Music for the visually impaired. (reporting, paper)
Listen to samples.
The other shape/sound study we mentioned.

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Animal Musicians

Nice detail work in the banquet hall at Cardiff Castle, Wales. (Click to embiggen.)

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French Horn Urinals

french-horn-urinals

At the Jazzissimo Lounge in Romania.

(More at Laughing Squid)

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SMC 78: A Recording Resurrected & Acoustic Tweezers

Thanks to Linda for reporting from the Universe of Sound installation at the Science Museum in London.
That Stockhausen piece we mentioned.

Oldest gramophone disc reproduced from a photograph.

Acoustic tweezers.

“Dolphin speaker” prototype. (Good coverage, bad coverage)

Male body image thingy.

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SMC 77: Music Evolves (kinda)

Be a subject in an experiment on different tuning standards.

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Scientists have “discovered” why people find rock ‘n’ roll exciting. (Bad coverage, better coverage, paper)

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Study says pop musicians are now using sadder keys and tempos: (Coverage, paper)

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“Evolving” music. (Coverage, paper)
Jerry Coyne’s take on it.

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The Abstract Abstract:
Gamma Ray Burst sonification.
Music visualization technique of repetitive structure representation to support intuitive estimation of music affinity and lightness.

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SMC 76: My Dinner With Physicists

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Hai-Ting, in Toronto at the Luminato Festival, has dinner with Lee Smolin, Robert Spekkens, Hector Bombin, Peter Hatch, and Carlos Tamarit from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

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SMC 75: World Science Festival 2012 – Final Report

A report from the end of the World Science Festival 2012.

Jim Fallon’s TED talk.

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SMC Mini: World Science Festival 2012 – Icarus

A report from the opening night of the World Science Festival 2012.

Icarus at the Edge of Time.

And we meet LeVar Burton.

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SMC 74: Sound News, Taste-Maker Cities, Ovulation

Oldest flute update.

Virtual orchestra.

Toward a color-based music retrieval system.

Intimate Distance, a book about Bolivian traditional music in Japan.

Teenaged acoustic land-mine-detector inventor.

Network Map of Music Listening Habits. (Coverage, paper)

Do Women Prefer More Complex Music around Ovulation?

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