Science

Iguanas And Chickens Are More Metal Than You

By Alyson Camus | March 22, 2021

This was first noticed when people took pigeons and chickens to heavy metal concerts

Could Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Affect Our Musical Tastes?

By Alyson Camus | December 27, 2017

Our results show that perceived pleasure and the monetary value assigned to music, are all significantly increased’

Music Stored In Synthetic DNA? The Technology Is Already There

By Alyson Camus | October 5, 2017

‘We archived two magical musical pieces on DNA’

You Can Now Brain-Compose A Melody

By Alyson Camus | September 13, 2017

a new method to compose music by means of BCI

Goosebumps Or No Goosebumps When Listening To Music?

By Alyson Camus | September 4, 2017

you and me are just wired differently

Listen To A Fish Dawn Chorus, Recorded In Australia

By Alyson Camus | September 24, 2016

‘I’ve been listening to fish squawks, burble and pops for nearly 30 years now’

Not With The Band: Can We Kill This ‘Right vs Left Brain’ Myth Once For All?

By Alyson Camus | February 28, 2016

Lately, I stumbled a lot of times on a ‘Left or Right Brain Test’ in my Facebook feed, probably because I have a lot of artists and musicians among my friends.

The Experience Helmet Translates Brainwaves Into Music

By Alyson Camus | January 9, 2015

I programmed sound frequencies a little bit differently in left and right sides so when they are heard together they produce a third frequency which can be heard just inside of our heads,’

Test Your Musical Abilities Here!

By Alyson Camus | July 5, 2014

You can actually do four different musical tests, a Tonedeaf test, an adaptive Pitch test, a rhythm test and an Associative Musical Visual intelligence test. I scored quite high for some, and quite low for others! But I have no musical training whatsoever, and I have never learned music, so musicians probably have an advantage, at least I suppose.

Not With The Band: Soon We May Be Able To Listen To The Music Of Our Brain?

By Alyson Camus | October 15, 2013

The recording is very weird and amazing, it sounds like the high-pitched voice of a crazy woman over a deeper more masculine voice, going faster and faster, so that you can feel a panic rising from the recording before everything calms down. The two men think they may have developed a tool to listen to the brain

Listen To The Most Unwanted Song Ever, Scientifically Created By Three Russian Artists

By Alyson Camus | September 5, 2013

According to the online poll, the most unwanted elements in a song are ‘cowboy music, bagpipes, accordions, opera, rap music, children’s voices, tubas, drum machines and advertising jingles’.

Did You Know? Music Is Good For Your Pumping Blood Organ!

By Alyson Camus | September 4, 2013

Those who only took exercise improved their capacity by 29 % (significantly lower than the 2nd group) and those who only listened to music improved their capacity by 19 %,.. not too shabby for couch potatoes!

A Dentist Wants To Clone John Lennon Using His Tooth

By Alyson Camus | August 23, 2013

‘I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John Lennon’s DNA, very soon I hope. With researchers working on ways to clone mammoths, the same technology certainly could make human cloning a reality’, he declared

You Still Think That Vinyl Sounds Better Than CD? Listen To The Experts

By Alyson Camus | July 7, 2013

Between Vacation vinyl, Origami vinyl, Amoeba, High Fidelity, Rockaway, Mono Records, Franky’s, Jacknife, Permanent Records,… I am surrounded by shops selling vinyl, and I am just talking about the closest ones! How did this happen?

Music Therapy Helps Pre-Mature Babies

By Mahalia Dark | July 6, 2013

This means that a love of music is part of our DNA, it goes beyond just being something we learn to something we are born with as simply an animal in a world of appearances.

Just For Hits: Richard Dawkins' Evolving Memes Electric Daisy Carnival

By Alyson Camus | June 26, 2013

Dawkins’ talk turns EDM, repeating stuff like ‘Memes spread through human culture, genes spread through the gene pool’ with electronic dance beats

Not With The Band: Between Art, Music And Science, Where Is The Truth?

By Alyson Camus | May 7, 2013

I am always struggling about this idea, and my left and right hemispheres are always competing with each other – although this simplistic vision as known as, ‘right brain versus left brain’, is now perceived as a myth by neurobiologists

Not With The Band: The Results Are In, Plants Really Prefer Black Sabbath!

By Alyson Camus | April 23, 2013

‘We had one that was silent – that was a control house – and we had one that was played classical music, we had one that was played Cliff Richard and we had one that was played Black Sabbath.’

How Spotify And The CataCombo Soundsystem Will Rock Your Afterlife

By Alyson Camus | March 8, 2013

A Swedish company named Pause, which ordinarily just sells stereo equipment, has come up with a new product, that each of us can’t wait to experiment: a designed coffin that will play music for you during eternity.

Eric Contractor Wants To Know: What's Your Sign?

By Iman Lababedi | February 27, 2013

Recently, a friend of mine, a mathematician, and I have been interested in seeing if there is a connection between our astrological signs/horoscopes and our musical preferences

Not With The Band: Can We Learn To Love Music We Dislike?

By Alyson Camus | February 19, 2013

We find pleasant what we are used to listen to, and unpleasant novelties we can’t comprehend at the first listening. On the other hand, musical training increases our exposure to different kinds of chords and harmonies, and so also increases our ability to identify them and enjoy them.

The Physics of Mosh Pits

By Alyson Camus | February 18, 2013

He wondered if the mathematical laws that apply to group behavior in flocks of birds could also describe what he was seeing, so he got the idea to use software developed for analyzing particles in a fluid to track moshers’ motions! Surprisingly, he found out that the moshers had the same statistical distribution as the speeds of atoms in a gas!

A New Study Shows That Grey Parrots Have Musical Preferences

By Alyson Camus | December 28, 2012

Researchers found they could clearly establish preferences, as one of the male was consistently choosing the Scissor Sisters song, and the other one the Vangelis tune

The Infinite Jukebox Plays The Song You Like Forever, And Much More

By Alyson Camus | November 25, 2012

Space will start and stop playing the song, left arrow will decrement the current play velocity by one, right arrow will increment the current play velocity by one, down arrow will set the current play velocity to zero (giving a good scratch-record effect), control will freeze on the current beat, and shift will bounce between the current beat and all the similar sounding beats (the branching points).

Will The Future Of Pop Music Be A Gimbal App

By Iman Lababedi | November 16, 2012

From a Universe of choices, the Gimbal App (or some variant –that isn’t what is happening now, it is what will happen tomorrow) will track your tastes and your lifestyles into a perfect emersion into the sounds you want to hear and don’t even know you want to hear.

Songs That Are Better Than Sex, And Songs we Listen To During Sex: The Survey Says

By Iman Lababedi | October 25, 2012

Now here was a smart idea: Spotify got a psychologist to study the role music has in sex (according to Hypebot). The psychologist, a certain Dr. Daniel Mullensiefen (with a name like that he was hardly gonna become a porn star) took a “sampling of 2000 participents, and here, fresh off Hypebot, is the result

Will.i.am's New Single Premiered On Mars, Nobody Complained, Another Proof There Is No Life On Mars

By Alyson Camus | August 31, 2012

His new single, appropriately named ‘Reach for the Stars’ – actually I take this back because the red planet is not a star! – premiered on Mars last Wednesday at 1 pm PT in the afternoon, and that’s a good thing nobody was there to hear it it!

A New Study Finds That Contemporaneous Pop Music Is Becoming Sadder

By Alyson Camus | August 29, 2012

The authors examined over 1,000 Top 40 recordings from five decades, and found different things such as an increase of female artists and songs longer in duration, but also a progressive increase of songs have using minor chords (associated with sad feeling) and slower tempos.

Madonna Doesn't Want To Leave Any DNA During Her MDNA Tour

By Alyson Camus | June 25, 2012

Is she completely insane, again what is she afraid of? That some crazy fan sells her DNA to some mad lab for a complete DNA profiling? That someone pick up one of her hair to make a clone? Madonna, I have news, science is not there yet! There is no way I can find a justification to such behavior

Holograms For All

By Iman Lababedi | May 2, 2012

Hang about, why shouldn’t the Stones send holograms into every home in the county??? You pay for your ticket and a hologram of your favorite Stones period shows up and serenades you!!!

TLC To Tour With Left Eye? Hologram Alert

By Iman Lababedi | April 29, 2012

while I absolutely agree that the likes of Britney Spears has buried the hatchet in the back of any concept of live music, it is ridiculous and in astounding bad taste to drag poor Lisa out of her grave to suing for her supper.

Dr. Dre Is Hopeful That Jimi Hendrix And Marvin Gaye Will Follow His Tupac's Resuscitation

By Alyson Camus | April 21, 2012

‘Hopefully, different artists are able to bring out their favorite artists. Hopefully, we can see Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye. Let’s see what happens.’

New York And Los Angeles, Not The Most Influential In Music, According To A New Paper By Cornell University

By Alyson Camus | April 20, 2012

Ok calm down, I am already seeing you screaming at the screen of your computer, yelling bullshit,…. But it is what it is, a study based on last.fm… The problem is that I hardly use last.fm, tons of people do, but many don’t

The New Virtual Supergroup PusherJones Releases 'Count Me Out'

By Alyson Camus | April 20, 2012

Vocalist Franky Perez (Scars on Broadway), guitarists Dave Kushner and Dave Warren, bassist Scott Shriner (Weezer) and drummer Joey Castillo (Queens of the Stone Age), making PusherJones a good candidate for the term ‘supergroup’.

Free Concerts & Science Talk At The LA American Museum of Natural History

By Alyson Camus | January 4, 2012

Each time, DJs provide the musical background for the night, you can even take a tour of the museum with some prestigious scientist, there are food, drinks, and the whole place is transformed into a nightclub.

Music As Mood Enhancer

By Iman Lababedi | January 3, 2012

I’m listening to Kurt Vile as I wrote and I am not certain that is a good thing at all. “Music like scent has an immediate neuro pathway that can bypass your thinking brain and effect your emotional state.”

And Your Bird Can Dance

By Alyson Camus | December 30, 2011

Researchers think that parrots’ dancing skills come from their talent for mimicking the sounds of their surrounding, which made them develop a very good coordination between their excellent sense of hearing and their motor functions

How To Predict A Song Will Be A Hit

By Alyson Camus | December 20, 2011

power ballads were big in the 80s, the late 70s-early 80s were the most creative, people had simpler tastes before the 90s (or were dumber), and we are all gonna be deaf soon.

Derek Paravicini: Blind, Autistic, Complete Savant

By Iman Lababedi | September 30, 2011

all the things that we consider normal doesn’t exist, all that exist is the piano and his ability, some place in his brain, where it slots in and is his life.

Drummers Have A Different Brain Than The Rest Of Us

By Alyson Camus | May 2, 2011

Mullen was right: the click was off by six milliseconds