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The 1918 Pandemic’s Impact on Music? Surprisingly Little

Unlike the existential threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak, cultural life returned swiftly to normal after the flu.

The New York Times

Move over K-pop: Korean youth turn to old-time trot music

Young pop stars in South Korea, struck with nostalgia, are performing covers of old-timey trot music on competition shows like “Mister Trot,” which have viewers vote for their favorite acts in an “American Idol”-style format.

PRI

Google Doodle Celebrates Musical Instrument From Zimbabwe

The Google Doodle begins with an animation of a young girl walking with her mother, stopping to listen to an elderly man play the mbira. Google users are then invited to learn to play a virtual mbira, by hovering their mouse over the keys, as they play a traditional song called "Nhemamusasa."

Newsweek

Voilà pourquoi la musique d’ascenseur est indispensable à votre déconfinement

Souvent sous estimée, la musique dite d'ascenseur peut vous aider à relativiser cette période bizarre.

Konbini

¿Por qué en los malos momentos nos aferramos a la música que nos resulta más familiar?

¿Ha habido un cambio en la música que escuchamos y en por qué la escuchamos durante la pandemia del coronavirus?

The Conversation

Neuroscience reveals how rhythm helps us walk, talk — and even love

From heartbeats heard in the womb to rhythmic patterns of thought: 'rhythm is life'.

CBC

How pandemics have inspired art, music and literature

Certain themes recur over the centuries. The art inspired by covid-19 may be no different.

The Economist

Musique ou langage ? Le cerveau divisé…

Le cerveau humain ne mobilise pas ses hémisphères de façon équivalente lorsqu’il s’agit de reconnaître une mélodie ou de comprendre une phrase à l’oral.

Inserm

Can music boost your immune system?

Sound like quackery? It’s not. Numerous studies, including a 2019 review in the journal Annual Research & Review in Biology, have found that both performing and listening to music can have a significant impact on the immune system.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette


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