The Pointy End

The complete guide to listening to music at work

Here's why music helps, why it can be detrimental to work, and the best kind of music to check out.


Does Booing at La Scala Ruin the Show?

The news arrived a couple of days ago that Roberto Alagna, the Parisian tenor of Sicilian origin, has decided not to return to La Scala this November as Massenet's Werther after an eight-year absence.


Science Explains Why We Like Old Music Better Than Everything Else

In recent years, old music has sold better than new. There's a psychological reason for it: Familiar music actually feels better to audiences.

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Mental health problems rife among professional musicians

Almost 60% of professional musicians have suffered from a psychological issue and almost half have experienced problems with alcohol, according to a survey by Help Musicians UK.

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Is There Anything Sound about Sound Design?

The acceptable level of decibels for safe hearing should not exceed 70 for any prolonged period. Many streets of New York are louder than is safe for many hours of the day and night.


Office Workers Who Sing Together Are Healthier

"The choir helps you get to know people at the company who you wouldn't ordinarily meet".


Why Sad Music Actually Makes Us Happy

"What came first — the music or the misery?"

Music Mic

A More Beautiful Game

Where football and music meet.

The Journal of Music

Alzheimer's documentary 'Alive Inside' pushes for music therapy

"I walked into these hallways with hundreds of residents in wheelchairs just sitting on the side of the hallway, and I had felt like I'd entered into Dante's 'Inferno,'".


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