76: My Dinner With Physicists

Episode 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.

77: Music Evolves (kinda)

Episode 77

Music Evolves (kinda)

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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.

78: A Recording Resurrected & Acoustic Tweezers

Episode 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.

79: PianoSleep, GenY, EyeMusic

Episode 79

PianoSleep, GenY, EyeMusic

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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.

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

Episode 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)

82: Piracy, Elephants, Louder and Dumber

Episode 82: Piracy, Elephants, Louder and Dumber

Finland aurora study: are there sounds associated with the northern lights? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRZfKqhs6rM

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70 Percent of All Music Piracy Happens Offline.
http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2012/120726swapping

“Even if all online music piracy disappeared tomorrow, more than half of all music acquisitions would be unpaid.”

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The secrets of the elephant’s larynx.
Video of elephant vocal folds.http://video.sciencemag.org/News/1768290349001/1
Video of elephants in wild making infrasonic calls. http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2012/0803sp_elephants.shtml?sa_campaign=Internal_Ads/AAAS/RSS_News/2012-08-03/

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/337/6094/595

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Modern pop: louder and “dumber?”

Slate coverage. http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/07/27/pop_music_is_getting_louder_and_dumber_says_one_study_here_s_what_they_miss_.html
SciAm coverage.http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/07/26/is-pop-music-evolving-or-is-it-just-getting-louder/

The Million-song dataset. http://labrosa.ee.columbia.edu/millionsong/
==280 GB

transitions
==loudness increasing by about one decibel every eight years.

What “louder” means.
The loudness wars (video). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gmex_4hreQ

83: Cooperation, Compassion, Tapping

Episode 83: Cooperation, Compassion, Tapping

Stephen Dawson — on the loudness wars

Hi-Fi Writer on the loudness wars. http://hifi-writer.com/wpblog/?p=3894
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Dan in Anchorage, monkey phone

 

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Compassion and Tapping

Group music sessions ‘may boost empathy in children.’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-18412409 http://pom.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/04/10/0305735612440609.abstract

NYTimes Column. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/opinion/sunday/the-science-of-compassion.html?_r=1
“Tapping” study (PDF).http://www.socialemotions.org/page5/files/Valdesolo.DeSteno.2011.pdf