Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive? An Exercise in Language Compression Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive? By Colin Morris In 1977, the great computer scientist Donald Knuth published a paper called The Complexity of Songs, which is basically one long joke about the repetitive lyrics of newfangled music (example quote: “the advent of modern […]
We’re all familiar with Pomp & Circumstance, the graduation song that’s the official soundtrack of almost every commencement. But how did it get so big? In this episode of Vox’s Almanac, Phil Edwards investigates and finds diamonds, war, and Dame Clara Butt. This video was originally published on Vox. View original on YouTube.
An invasive lionfish in the Bahamas. Photo by Mark Albins. Ok, well maybe more like grunt or drum. Still, this recording comes from the first study to document that lionfishes—the invasive, venomous scourges of the Atlantic and Mediterranean—make sounds. http://christiewilcox.com/lionfish_roar.wav Many fish species use noise to communicate—so many, in fact, that their sounds can create a morning chorus […]
(Full English subtitles are available for this talk — click the CC button in the bottom right of your screen to turn subtitles on.) One night in 2002, a friend gave Jorge Drexler the chorus to a song and challenged him to write the rest of it using a complex, poetic form known as the […]
Ultrasound can do a whole lot more than create images of unborn babies. Since it first became a near-indispensable medical tool in the 1930s, technology that produces sound waves so high-pitched that humans can’t hear them has found use in almost every branch of industry. The vibrations it creates can kill bacteria, weld plastics and […]
Theremin is a notoriously difficult instrument to play — in part because you don’t actually touch it while you’re playing it — but Carolina Eyck makes all the tricky passages in “The Ecstasy of Gold” look easy. This article was originally published on digg.com. See the original post.
IN SPACE – NOVEMBER 6: In this handout photo provided by NASA, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly works outside of the International Space Station during a spacewalk on November 6, 2015 in space. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images) What sounds do astronauts hear during a spacewalk? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and […]
Florida dairy farmer Ed Henderson has been playing the trombone since elementary school. And these days his audience, well, fits the scenery. Turns out, cows love jazz music! What began as a one-off backyard practice session, has turned into a regular gig that Henderson says entertains and pleases his audience of 6,800 or so cows. […]
If you deal with sadness by belting along to Adele and crying it out, you’re not the only one — and it might be beneficial for your health. It may seem counterproductive to listen to sad music when you’re feeling down, but new research shows that there’s a scientific reason for why we love crying […]
VPI VPI Scout turntable includes many of the features from more expensive turntables in the range. New-Jersey-based VPI has just announced the lauch of its Prime Scout turntable. As demand for vinyl grows, VPI continues to develop turntables that it claims produce a revelatory level of audio detail. The original Scout was one of the […]
A new Dartmouth study finds that listeners are most likely to tune in when a speaker delivers the most emotional peaks of his/her narrative, as revealed by synchronous pupil dilation patterns of speakers and listeners due to shared attention. The findings are published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. This article was originally published […]
Mick Rock is The Man Who Shot the Seventies, but he doesn’t like the term—and he doesn’t much like being called an icon, either. “All that means is I’m getting old,” he tells me on a phone call from his home in Manhattan. But these things tend to stick: His photographs have captured and defined […]