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What Makes Music Enjoyable? It’s Complex, But Measurable

What’s your favorite music? According to scientists, the song that you have on repeat is probably both predictable and unpredictable at the same time.


How scary music makes movies scarier

Imagine the 1973 horror movie "The Exorcist" without its ominous score. Would "Psycho" be the same without Bernard Herrmann's music? It's no surprise that a good scare and a good score go hand-in-hand.

CBS News

Tendez l'oreille ! Est-il possible de surjouer en musique ?

Tout comme les acteurs qui surjouent, les musiciens peuvent tomber dans le dramatique à l'excès... mais au fond est-ce bien grave ? Petit panorama de ces musiciens, compositeurs et interprètes, qui en font trop, à grand renfort de fins de symphonies spectaculaires et de rubatos.

France Musique

Game On: How Classical Music Helps Create the World of Online Role-Playing Games

Every day around the globe millions of people log on to compete in the most widely played video game on the planet — League of Legends — produced by the global giant, Riot Games.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Bathing in sound: Are didgeridoos and crystal bowls the next version of 'healing crystals'?

Some sound therapy practices involve didgeridoos — a tube-like Aboriginal instrument — gongs, therapy harps and tuning forks, while others use specially synthesized “binaural beats” to alter brain waves and reduce stress.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A little help from my neo-Marxist philosopher: was Adorno the fifth Beatle?

According to the Brazilian president’s political guru Olavo Carvalho, the band ‘barely knew how to play the guitar’, and their songs were written by the leading member of the Frankfurt School.

The Guardian

Au Mexique, un nouveau record du monde de participation à une danse folklorique

Le livre Guinness des records a enregistré la participation de 882 personnes dansant au rythme de la musique mariachi samedi 24 août dans la ville mexicaine de Guadalajara, soit la plus grande danse folklorique du monde.

France Musique

String theory: how to make an acoustic guitar – in pictures

Rosie Heydenrych, an artisan luthier, has been making acoustic guitars by hand for about a decade.

The Guardian

Why Washing Machines Are Learning to Play the Harp

Appliance makers believe more and better chimes, alerts, and jingles make for happier customers. Are they right?

The Atlantic

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