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Wood panelling and acoustic conditioning in the Logroño Auditorium

Renovations are often an opportunity to implement acoustic conditioning by installing sound-absorbent wood panels.
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Thinking About Buying a Musical Instrument? Tips on Getting Your Money’s Worth

Thinking About Buying a Musical Instrument? Tips on Getting Your Money’s Worth | music acoustics | Scoop.it
Whether you’re a parent buying your child’s first musical instrument, a beginner inspired to pick up a new skill, or a seasoned pro looking to add to your c
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This Centuries-Old Musical Instrument Sounds Exactly Like Super Mario

This Centuries-Old Musical Instrument Sounds Exactly Like Super Mario | music acoustics | Scoop.it
[Video] This Centuries-Old Musical Instrument Sounds Exactly Like Super Mario - THIS IS AWESOME
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Genetic Data Tools Reveal How Pop Music Evolved In The US

Genetic Data Tools Reveal How Pop Music Evolved In The US - The Physics arXiv Blog - Medium
And show that The Beatles didn’t start the American music revolution of 1964

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"Despite the keen interest in the evolution of pop music, there is little to back up most claims in the form of hard analytical evidence.

 

In a new study, number crunching techniques developed to understand genomic data have been used to study the evolution of American pop music. The study found an objective way to categorise musical styles and to measure the way these styles change in popularity over time.

 

The team started with the complete list of US chart topping songs in the form of the US Billboard Hot 100 from 1960 to 2010. To analyse the music itself, they used 30-second segments of more than 80 per cent of these singles — a total of more than 17,000 songs.

 

They then analysed each segment for harmonic features such as chord changes and for the quality of timbre, whether guitar or piano or orchestra based, for example. In total, they rated each song in one of 8 different harmonic categories and one of 8 different timbre categories.

 

They assumed that the specific combination of harmonic and timbre qualities determines the genre of music, whether rock, rap, country and so on. However, the standard definitions of music genres also capture non-musical features such as the age and ethnicity of the performers, as in classic rock or Korean pop and so on.

 

So the team used an algorithmic technique for finding clusters within networks of data to find objective categories of musical genre that depend only on the musical qualities. This technique threw up 13 separate styles of music.

 

An interesting question is what these styles represent. To find out, the team analysed the tags associated with each song on the Last-FM music discovery service. Using a technique from bioinformatics called enrichment analysis, they searched for tags that were more commonly associated with songs in each music style and then assumed that these gave a sense of the musical genres involved.

 

For example, they found that style 1 was associated with soul tags, style 2 with hip hop, style 3 with country music and easy listening, style 4 with jazz and blues and so on.

 

Finally, they plotted the popularity of each style over time.

 

The data allows them to settle some long standing debates among connoisseurs of popular music. One question is whether various practices in the music industry have led to a decline in the cultural variety of new music.

 

To study this issue, they developed several measures of diversity and tracked how they changed over time. “We found that although all four evolve, two — diversity and disparity — show the most striking changes, both declining to a minimum around 1984, but then rebounding and increasing to a maximum in the early 2000s.”"

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Spiders Tune and Pluck Webs Like a Musical Instrument to Locate ...

Spiders Tune and Pluck Webs Like a Musical Instrument to Locate ... | music acoustics | Scoop.it
According to Oxford University's Silk Group research team, spiders are able to to fine tune their webs, in order to locate where prey have landed. The arachnids have sensors on their legs capable of detecting specific ...
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Stonehenge’s Singing Stones - Archaeology Magazine

Stonehenge’s Singing Stones - Archaeology Magazine | music acoustics | Scoop.it
Researchers say Stonehenge might have been a giant musical instrument. http://t.co/04tyttfsP4 http://t.co/8vBs7lGh0u
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Musical instrument could provide electricity to millions - ITV News

Musical instrument could provide electricity to millions - ITV News | music acoustics | Scoop.it
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Musical instrument could provide electricity to millions
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... people are warming to is the fact that it's not just a gimmick. It's not just a device or a product that is producing electricity.
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Dossier : sélection des blogs musicaux français à suivre

Dossier : sélection des blogs musicaux français à suivre | music acoustics | Scoop.it
Retrouvez la sélection des blogs de musique à suivre en France, triés par style : généralistes, électro, rock, pop, industrie musicale...

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Physics - A Macroscopic Tractor Beam with Acoustic Waves

Physics - A Macroscopic Tractor Beam with Acoustic Waves | music acoustics | Scoop.it
Structured acoustic fields can pull macroscopic objects towards the source by means of nonconservative forces.
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Why auditory pitch and spatial elevation get high together: Shape of human ear may have evolved to mirror acoustics in natural world

Why auditory pitch and spatial elevation get high together: Shape of human ear may have evolved to mirror acoustics in natural world | music acoustics | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered why most natural languages invariably use the same spatial attributes -- high versus low -- to describe auditory pitch? Or why, throughout the history of musical notation, high notes have been represented high on the staff? According to neuroscientists, high pitched sounds feel 'high' because, in our daily lives, sounds coming from high elevations are indeed more likely to be higher in pitch.
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Hearing quality restored with bionic ear technology used for gene therapy: Re-growing auditory nerves

Hearing quality restored with bionic ear technology used for gene therapy: Re-growing auditory nerves | music acoustics | Scoop.it
Researchers have for the first time used electrical pulses delivered from a cochlear implant to deliver gene therapy, thereby successfully regrowing auditory nerves. The research also heralds a possible new way of treating a range of neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease, and psychiatric conditions such as depression through this novel way of delivering gene therapy.
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Could the menstrual cycle have shaped the evolution of music? | Science News

Could the menstrual cycle have shaped the evolution of music? | Science News | music acoustics | Scoop.it
A new study suggesting that women select better musicians shows how women’s role in evolution is being redefined.
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- ChucK: A Computer Music Programming Language, Designing Instruments for Laptop Orchestras (November 16, 2007)

– ChucK: A Computer Music Programming Language, Designing Instruments for Laptop Orchestras (November 16, 2007) from Human-Computer Interaction Seminar (Fall 2007) Price: Genre: Keywords: laptop computer Click Here to know more about http://www.dealtikka.com/chuck-a-computer-music-programming-language-designing-instruments-for-laptop-orchestras-november-16-2007-3/ #2007, #ChucK, #Computer, #Instruments, #Language Designing, #Laptop, #Music, #November, #Orchestras, #Programming, #Deals, #Electronics, #USA

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Buzz Blog: Hearing the Pianist's Fingers: The Importance of Touch in Piano Music

Buzz Blog: Hearing the Pianist's Fingers: The Importance of Touch in Piano Music | music acoustics | Scoop.it
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Mazda UK turn new Mazda3 into a musical instrument with Mogees - DIY Magazine

Mazda UK turn new Mazda3 into a musical instrument with Mogees - DIY Magazine | music acoustics | Scoop.it
Mogees consists of a mobile app and a small sensor that detects and analyses vibrations.
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The Joytone: an entirely new musical instrument made with ...

The Joytone: an entirely new musical instrument made with ... | music acoustics | Scoop.it
We wanted to invent an entirely new electronic musical instrument, and there were two things we wanted to focus on in the design of the interface. The first is that we wanted to improve upon the physical design of musical ...
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Math et musique - PS n°176

On sait tous a peu près ce qu'est la mlusique et en écoutant PodcastScience vous devez en savoir un peu plus sur ce que sont les math, mais quel est le lien entre les deux et surtout qu'est-ce...
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Hitting the High Notes: 10 Musical Instruments Reimagined - Yahoo Canada Shine On

Hitting the High Notes: 10 Musical Instruments Reimagined - Yahoo Canada Shine On | music acoustics | Scoop.it
Hitting the High Notes: 10 Musical Instruments Reimagined
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Many of us have musical instruments that occupy a special place in our hearts, even if they no longer occupy a place in our lives.
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Disques vinyles : le premier fabricant français confirme le boom

Disques vinyles : le premier fabricant français confirme le boom | music acoustics | Scoop.it
Le retour du disque vinyle se confirme. Début mai, le plus gros fabricant américain, United Record Pressing, annonçait son intention de doubler sa production d'ici la fin de l'année. Pour savoir ce qu'il en était de ce côté-ci de l'Atlantique, nous avons interrogé le patron du dernier fabricant de vinyle français, MPO, une entreprise familiale basée en Mayenne.

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YouTube contraint les labels indépendants à signer pour son nouveau service musical (Branchez-vous)

YouTube contraint les labels indépendants à signer pour son nouveau service musical (Branchez-vous) | music acoustics | Scoop.it
L'entreprise a confirmé qu'elle bloquera les chaînes des artistes dont les maisons de disques ont refusé d'intégrer son service YouTube Music Pass.

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Unique Auto Musical Instrument with 12 Vadyas - The New Indian Express

Unique Auto Musical Instrument with 12 Vadyas - The New Indian Express | music acoustics | Scoop.it
Unique Auto Musical Instrument with 12 Vadyas The New Indian Express A familiar figure in the world of auto drums and bell machines, Basavaraj E Badiger has automated a unique musical instrument that can produce the sounds of 12 instruments at a...
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How nerve cells flexibly adapt to acoustic signals

How nerve cells flexibly adapt to acoustic signals | music acoustics | Scoop.it
Nerve cells flexibly adapt to acoustic signals, research has shown. Depending on the input signal, neurons generate action potentials either near or far away from the cell body. Nerve cells ensure that the various kinds of input signals are optimally processed -- and thus allow us to perceive both small and large acoustic arrival time differences well, and thereby localize sounds in space.
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Traditional Malaysian musical instrument modernized: 'Rebana Ubi' computer speaker

Traditional Malaysian musical instrument modernized: 'Rebana Ubi' computer speaker | music acoustics | Scoop.it
Researchers are modernizing the 'Rebana Ubi', a traditional Malaysian musical instrument by infusing it with a modern computer aided technology.
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