76: My Dinner With Physicists

Episode 76: My Dinner With Physicists


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)


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


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


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


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


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


70 Percent of All Music Piracy Happens Offline.

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

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/



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

==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

Dan in Anchorage, monkey phone


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