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:

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:

Check out the Reptile and Invertebrate rescue centre owned and operated by my friend Mike Hopcraft:

Our fabulous stills (including my current profile photo) were shot by Sara Finley:

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:

via New Scientist Video.

Rhythms of the Heart

The NY Society for Ethical Culture Honors the WHIN Youth Orchestra and its founder, our Music Director, David Gracia.

Duration: 01:12:06

via NYS Ethical Culture.

Song from π!


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 -

With thanks to Phil Moriarty also.

Numberphile is supported by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI):
Videos by Brady Haran

via Numberphile.
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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:

Duration: 01:00:46

via Gresham College.

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

via David Bradley.

The Formula Behind Every Perfect Pop Song

Now that the 2014 Grammy Awards are over, a lot of people are wondering if there’s a formula to writing a successful pop song. Producers like Max Martin, who has written sixteen #1 hits since 1999 for artists like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, have researchers wondering. Anthony takes a look at the past few decades of pop music trends in hopes to find a way to write the next big Billboard hit.

via DNews Channel.

Ode to the Female Bedbug

Bedbug sex is traumatic. It’s so violent that it’s actual scientific description is ‘traumatic insemination’. You see, males use their razor-sharp ‘penises’ to stab their sperm into a females’ body. They do not stab it anywhere near the females’ genital opening either. Sperm that has been ‘traumatically inseminated’ will travel through the lymphatic system to the ovaries.

This is an unfortunate reality for female bedbugs. So, I wrote them this song. I hope they like it.

via Carin Bondar.

That’s Metal

via jtotheizzoe:

Hold up, grab the wall … because this video is gonna hit you like a ton of lead. In a good way.

Tom McFadden, the world’s best rapping science teacher, who previously brought us the Rosalind Franklin vs Watson/Crick rap battle and the metabolic jam “Oxidate it or Love It/On to the Next One”, brings us his students’ next creation:

A “Gas Pedal" cover all about the part of the periodic table where we get that platinum and gold: "That’s Metal

Lots more on Tom’s YouTube channel. But as much as I love Tom, it’s really the students who deserve the credit. Here’s my message to all of you:

A Song for the Sea Pig with The Kronos Quartet

Who loves the Kronos Quartet? Who loves a sea pig? Now’s your chance to see them BOTH in one video. A dream come true!

But, wait, what in the world is a sea pig? Linda Kuhnz at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute is here to tell you all about it …

via Unusual Creatures.

Black Hole Rap 2: Stephen Hawking Said What?

via comaniddy:

Stephen Hawking is shaking up the foundations of Cosmology. He recently published a paper, attempting to revise Black Hole Theory. Now the headlines say things like ‘Black Holes Don’t Exist’ and ‘Stephen Hawking stopped believing in Black Holes.’

What’s really going on? Find out by watching the Black Hole Rap 2.

And just in case you missed it, here’s Black Hole Rap 1.