Tag Archive 'pop'

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 […]

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SMC 34: Brain Scan Pop, Biorhythm

News Brain scans may have a (very) limited ability to predict hit records. (Reporting, Reporting, Study, Example of bad headline.) Original study where the data came from. .. Biorhythm Biorhythm: the psuedoscience. The Reality Check episode on the subject. Biorhythm: the interactive art exhibit — field trip. ..

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Muscle Biologist Further Ingrains Musical Stereotypes

Biologist Nick Hudson has received a lot of attention for his paper Musical beauty and information compression: Complex to the ear but simple to the mind? (full text here). He is basically hypothesizing that the brain enjoys music which sounds complex but is actually easy to process. He explores the idea by compressing different recordings […]

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Maori Science-Sexy Pop

JGeek and the Geeks.

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