The Pointy End

When Does Speech Become Music?

Most of us instinctively know when someone’s singing and when they’re talking. But since music and speech are both just sounds, how do our brains tell them apart?

BBC

Could chill-out music boost your post-workout recovery?

Many of us know that an upbeat playlist can help us power through a workout, but new research in the United Kingdom now suggests that what you listen to after your gym session could also boost post-exercise recovery.

Inquirer

Pourquoi vous mettre à la musique devrait être LA bonne résolution de l'année

Vous rêvez de vous lancer dans la pratique d'un instrument ou du chant, mais hésitez à franchir le pas ? Voici cinq arguments - science à l’appui - pour vous convaincre que la pratique musicale devrait être LA bonne résolution de l’année !

France Musique

Listen to Alan Turing’s First Computer-Generated Christmas Carols

In 1951, the BBC played two carols from Turing’s computer, which have now been recreated by New Zealand researchers

Smithsonian

Why listening to music could make you deaf

People are ignoring advice and permanently damaging their hearing while listening to loud music on headphones, an audiologist has warned.

Daily Mail

********, ∆, †‡† ... the most unpronounceable band names ever

Whether it’s a marketing gimmick or a way to stop anyone ever talking about your band, musicians are rejecting random nouns in favour of punctuation and ancient languages

The Guardian

YouTube Video Containing Static Receives 5 Different Copyright Violations

If you thought YouTube’s copyright monitoring system was a joke, this latest episode will make you cry. Enter Sebastian Tomczak, a music technologist, professor and tinkerer who uploaded a 10-hour track of static, white noise onto YouTube.

Digital Music News

Sónar Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary by attempting to contact alien life with music

The ambitious project titled “Sónar Calling GJ273b” is described as the first radio message ever sent to Luyten’s Star with the help of the EISCAT (European Incoherent SCATter Scientific Association) antenna in Norway.

FACT Magazine

The Incredible Sound of Making a Violin, It's All in the Details

As technology becomes a greater part of our lives and more jobs are lost to automation, it becomes all the more powerful to take a step back every so often and marvel at what can’t be lost.

WQXR


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