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Radio still beats digital for music discovery - Digital Trends

Radio still beats digital for music discovery - Digital Trends | What makes music catchy? | Scoop.it
Sometimes, the old formats are the best: Nielsen says that radio stations are still the most popular way of hearing new music, despite the multitude of alternative options now available.
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Why Pygmies Aren't Scared By The 'Psycho' Theme - NPR (blog)

Why Pygmies Aren't Scared By The 'Psycho' Theme - NPR (blog) | What makes music catchy? | Scoop.it
Deep in the Congolese rain forest, a group of Pygmies lives in near isolation from Western music. When a team of scientists played them music from Star Wars and Psycho, the results were surprising.
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Bad brains: some people are physically incapable of enjoying music

Bad brains: some people are physically incapable of enjoying music | What makes music catchy? | Scoop.it
For most people, the mere suggestion that a favorite song fails to evoke an emotional response in another human being sounds preposterous. Sure, that person might not like that song as much as you...
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Beats Music opens up, making its API public - CNET

Beats Music opens up, making its API public - CNET | What makes music catchy? | Scoop.it
CNET Beats Music opens up, making its API public CNET Beats Music opens up, making its API public.
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Can Big Data Help Labels Find That Perfect Back Beat? - Businessweek

Can Big Data Help Labels Find That Perfect Back Beat? - Businessweek | What makes music catchy? | Scoop.it
Can Big Data Help Labels Find That Perfect Back Beat? Businessweek At the time, the business model for Hit Song Science was not feasible, as too many music executives were still sticking with an I-know-what-I-like approach.
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360 Nigerian Music Charts: Top 10 Most Viewed Videos (23.02.2014 – 01.03.2014) | 360Nobs.com

360 Nigerian Music Charts: Top 10 Most Viewed Videos (23.02.2014 – 01.03.2014) | 360Nobs.com | What makes music catchy? | Scoop.it
Davido climbs to the top spot of the Nigerian Music Video Charts with his video for his massive single AYE.
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Why Does Music Feel So Good? – Phenomena: Only Human

Why Does Music Feel So Good? – Phenomena: Only Human | What makes music catchy? | Scoop.it
When you listen to a song for the first time, the strength of certain neural connections can predict how much you like the music, according to a new brain scanning study.
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Lucy McRae spins sweet & futuristic music video “Dream a Little ...

Lucy McRae spins sweet & futuristic music video “Dream a Little ... | What makes music catchy? | Scoop.it
TED Fellow Lucy McRae (watch her TED Talk) is a body architect — an artist who explores how technology and the body may someday meet and merge. Her latest project is a fantastical and frothy music video for “Dream a ...
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Strategies to Memorize Music

Strategies to Memorize Music | What makes music catchy? | Scoop.it
One of the obstacles in playing an instrument is to memorize pieces. The next concern is how to make sure we won’t forget the piece during an exam, a performance or a recording session. Anyhow, mem...

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How The Role of Genres Has Changed In Music Culture

How The Role of Genres Has Changed In Music Culture | What makes music catchy? | Scoop.it

The Echo Nest’s Paul Lamere has been doing some interesting work around age and gender music preferences which got me thinking about a bit more about how the relevance of genres has changed. A school of ...


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Why your brain loves music

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New neuroscience study sets out to explain why in some respects music offers the same sort of pleasure as a really good thriller.

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Anna Fabo's curator insight, April 18, 2014 7:00 AM

Podreu descobrir que diuen els últims estudis sobre el perquè el nostre cervell li agrada tant la música.

Natalie Gaskins's curator insight, May 11, 2014 2:18 PM

One day, I would love to venture into the field that connects Neuroscience with Music and that is why this article caught my attention right away. I admit to listening to certain songs and having to completely stop whatever I am doing because it was THAT good. I always wondered why that is and why certain sounds that we hear trigger emotions, or stimulation in our brains. I can agree with what the writer said in that we set up expectations in our brains with familiar styles of music and loved to be deceived when the music takes a different direction.I also agree that it is no longer enjoyable when the music goes too astray from what my brain wanted. It just gets annoying that way! It keeps excitement in the song and makes you try to anticipate what is going to happen next. It is a way to keep the listener attentive. I know that when I song is too predictable, it quickly looses my attention. As a songwriter, I feel that this is very crucial when writing. We have to keep the audience engaged at all times. This is also why artists make certain line-up choices while performing at a gig. I thought it odd that we get a different level of satisfaction when we have paid for the music and are then anticipating the surprise. Very odd. 

I would love to venture deeper into these studies and unlock more neurological secrets. Knowledge like this can help sell music.

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Spotify Makes The Shift To Mobile With 52% Of Listening Now On Phones And Tablets

Spotify Makes The Shift To Mobile With 52% Of Listening Now On Phones And Tablets | What makes music catchy? | Scoop.it
Why have Apple and Google suddenly gotten so interested in streaming music? Because it could rally people to iOS or Android since mobile is where they listen,..
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Twitter Music shuts down, going offline April 18 - KTVU San Francisco

Twitter Music shuts down, going offline April 18 - KTVU San Francisco | What makes music catchy? | Scoop.it
The Verge Twitter Music shuts down, going offline April 18 KTVU San Francisco The Verge says Twitter's 'music discovery by way of Twitter conversation' just didn't establish enough of a userbase in a very competitive market.
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The Sweet, Streaming Sound of Data - New York Times

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The Guardian The Sweet, Streaming Sound of Data New York Times The Echo Nest is one of a handful of companies specializing in the arcane but valuable science of music data, examining what songs are being listened to by whom, and how.
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Video Rewind: The National prove there's no stage they can't conquer

Video Rewind: The National prove there's no stage they can't conquer | What makes music catchy? | Scoop.it
These guys write songs that land the hook right in your mouth and reel you in slowly. ... It's like watching a musical puzzle being put together before your eyes. ... Identifying Hipster Bands and Bro Bands: A Scientific Study.
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The science of workout music - Chicago Daily Herald

The science of workout music - Chicago Daily Herald | What makes music catchy? | Scoop.it
The science of workout music Chicago Daily Herald “The metronome aspect, the synchronization of movement to music, is the most important,” says Carl Foster, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin at Lacrosse.
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YouTube Shows Top Tracks and Album Playlists When Searching ...

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While Google is rumored to be working on a YouTube music and video subscription service, it's already developing its existing site to combat Spotify, Rdio and numerous other music streaming firms. If you head over to the ...
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Poll: Live vs. recorded music -- what's better? - CNET

Poll: Live vs. recorded music -- what's better? - CNET | What makes music catchy? | Scoop.it
CNET Poll: Live vs. recorded music -- what's better? CNET I admit it: most of the time, I'd much rather listen to recorded music than live music.
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Snippit Launches An App To Add (Brief) Soundtracks To Your Photos | TechCrunch

Snippit Launches An App To Add (Brief) Soundtracks To Your Photos | TechCrunch | What makes music catchy? | Scoop.it
Snippit is a just-launched app offering a twist on photo-sharing. The idea is pretty straightforward — instead of sharing a photo on its own, Snippit..

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Kristy Jackson's curator insight, February 9, 2014 4:02 PM

Not sure how this is legal.....if the clip's recognizable, it's called sampling and you'd need a license for that. I need to find out more about this one but admittedly it looks like fun.

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Emotions of Sound - Which emotions do you feel when you hear these sounds?

Emotions of Sound - Which emotions do you feel when you hear these sounds? | What makes music catchy? | Scoop.it
Listen to the following range of contrasting sounds and pick the emotion you feel when hearing each one - you'll have access to real time stats on what others selected as you go.

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Natalie Gaskins's curator insight, April 18, 2014 9:39 PM

This is really, very interesting. I thought it was fascinating how differently we each react to different sounds. I think that based on our backgrounds, we are all going to react differently to each of these sounds. I suppose this is linked to our cognitive awareness, memories, personalities, etc. One of the sounds was dance music with heavy bass and the options for feelings were; confident, nervous, overwhelmed, excited, and claustrophobic. This shows a difference in personality within the test takers: possibly the difference between extroverts and introverts. I think the pictures they paired with each of the sounds also has an effect on the decision the brain is going to make on how it is going to feel. Without the given image, the brain could have related the sound to another image and therefore had a different emotion linked with it. 

I think this experiment could also teach us something about the way we make music, as musicians and songwriters. We know that certain sounds are linked with people's memories and emotions and so we can use this to provoke certain emotions in our listeners and connect with them on a much deeper level.