Raise Your Hand For Perfect Pitch

Training the novice ear to identify musical notes with motion. More information on this story at http://www.insidescience.org/content/raise-your-hand-perfect-pitch/1661

via Inside Science.


Can Music Save Your Life?

Just how powerful is music? We discuss some amazing effects that music has on the body, and how it could potentially be used to extend life.

What are the songs that you’d choose to jog your memory?

via AsapTHOUGHT.


Sound Machine

Tom Scholz takes us behind the scenes for a one-of-a-kind tour of his studio and his life.

Tom Scholz is an MIT-trained engineer and inventor who also happens to be the mastermind, songwriter and lead guitarist of the band Boston. Boston has sold something like a bajillion albums and Tom continues to record, tour and invent equipment for himself and other musicians.

via NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers.
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Tom Scholz: The Start of It

Tom Scholz starts his journey from mild-mannered Polaroid engineer to guitar-shredding God of Rock.

Tom Scholz is an MIT-trained engineer and inventor who also happens to be the mastermind, songwriter and lead guitarist of the band Boston. Boston has sold something like a bajillion albums and Tom continues to record, tour and invent equipment for himself and other musicians.

via NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers.
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Cataracts Rap

via jtotheizzoe:

Cataracts - A science-y cover of Macklemore’s “Cadillacs” from everyone’s favorite rapping science teacher, Tom McFadden.

If you haven’t heard of Tom, he’s a teacher at The Nueva School in the Bay Area. His students don’t just learn science, they rap it, and they rap it well. Here’s some of their previous hits:

And Tom’s not just a producer, he’s got rhymes of his own. Don’t miss his first hit, a 50 Cent/Jay-Z-inspired ode to the TCA (Krebs) Cycle: Oxidate it or Love It/Electron to the Next One

Do Animals Like Music?

Listening to music is a great way to relax and unwind, or stay focused at work and school. In fact, certain animals enjoy listening to music too. Trace discusses why animals like music, and also how listening to a certain genre might just cause cows to produce more milk!

via DNews Channel.


A-rhythm-etic. The math behind the beats

Ready to dance in your seat? Drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music—from R&B to Latin to pop—by their beats. A talk that proves hip hop and jazz aren’t cooler than math—they simply rely on it.

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/a-rhythm-etic-the-math-behind-the-beats-clayton-cameron

Talk by Clayton Cameron.

via TED Education.


NO SPINES - A Better Version of Blurred Lines…

I’ve always been a fan of the spineless. Invertebrates are so cool and diverse, and among the most fascinating organisms on the planet. What better way to celebrate them than with a song?

One of the greatest things about making these parodies is discovering the incredibly talented people around me. The amazing vocals and sound mixing were done by Emily Hamel-Brison, with help from Hanna Hotanen and Pauline Dynowski.

Check out my co-star Brent Ray Fraser at his website here: http://www.brentrayfraser.com

Check out the Reptile and Invertebrate rescue centre owned and operated by my friend Mike Hopcraft: http://www.thereptileguy.info

Our fabulous stills (including my current profile photo) were shot by Sara Finley: http://sarahsovereign.com

via Carin Bondar.


Cyborg drummer creates unique beats

A human musician will take to the stage wearing a robotic arm that lets him play like never before.

Full story here: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25142#.Uz9ev1cU9xM

via New Scientist Video.


Song from π!

jtotheizzoe:

Putting the “pi” in “piano”

Check out this awesome piano melody created from the digits of pi! By transposing the numbers 0-9 onto an A minor scale, the irrational melody is played with the right hand and notes are added with the left. It’s pretty mathemagical.

Also, try singing this along with the melody, either out loud or in your head (it totally works):

"I am listening to a sonnnnng about piiiiiii, maaaaking a melody as the numbers fly byyyyy"

Bonus: Check out Daniel Starr-Tambor’s “Mandala”, a melody created from the orbits of the planets placed onto a musical scale. At 62 viginitillion notes (I didn’t even know that was a number), it’s the longest palindrome ever created.

Hackable Instruments May Be Next Big Thing in Music

An eight-inch wooden cube may be an unlikely spark for a musical revolution— but that’s the hope of a collaboration of electronic engineers and musicians working towards hackable electronic instruments that performers can easily modify to produce sounds in surprising new ways.

via Lab Equipment.


Pi Prog Rock - Numberphile

A “progressive rock” experimental track heavily based on Pi and Tau…

Support Alan by buying this track for just 99c - http://bit.ly/1fAtLjS

With thanks to Phil Moriarty also.

Numberphile is supported by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI): http://bit.ly/MSRINumberphile
Videos by Brady Haran

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Professor Christopher Hogwood - Music In Context: An Amateur Domestic Setting

A lecture on Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, commonly known as the ‘London’ Symphony, illustrated with live musical extracts of the piece.

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/at-an-amateur-domestic-evening-haydn-symphony-no-104-london

Duration: 01:00:46

via Gresham College.
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Escape to the Stars

I have been musing on this idea that when we eventually make this planet totally uninhabitable through our short-term greed and ignorance there are some people who think we might be able to escape to another planet. Perhaps one of the myriad exoplanets discovered in recent years circle other stars may well represent a distant mirror of our world existing in a Goldilocks state.

Unfortunately, a lack of anything even vaguely like a spaceship to take us there or a way to keep us alive for the centuries it would take to get there doesn’t seem to deter the dreamers. In a sense, good on them, we need dreamers. It was always dreamers who struck out to brave new worlds…But, in leaving what are those pioneers leaving behind, besides their pride?

Words & Music by Dave Bradley
Vocals, guitars DB
Sax solo Eddie Bryant Andoran
Recorded in the ScienceBASS Studios
Video montage courtesy of Luigi Quattrocchi – Impermanence
More information imagingstorm.co.uk/escape-to-the-stars.html

via David Bradley.