In blind test, soloists like new violins over old (Update)
Ten world-class soloists put costly Stradivarius violins and new, cheaper ones to a blind scientific test. The results may seem off-key to musicians and collectors, but the new instruments won handily.
Study shows even professional musicians can't tell old master violins from new
Digital music gets a cubist makeover
An 8-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 ...
Secret behind the composition of the varnish on Stradivari violins revealed
(PhysOrg.com) -- Antonio Stradivari is the most famous instrument maker of all time. He was especially famous for his violins, which he produced in Cremona from about 1665 until his death in 1737. In particular, ...
Musicians' Brains 'Fine-Tuned' to Identify Emotion
(PhysOrg.com) -- Looking for a mate who in everyday conversation can pick up even your most subtle emotional cues? Find a musician, Northwestern University researchers suggest.
Mogees project delivers haptic symphony (w/ video)
Musical robots perform duets (w/ Video)
Tesla coils take on Lady Gaga
Perfect Pitch: Language Wins Out Over Genetics
Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Sinatra and Hendrix -- these and many other of the world's most famous musicians have had "perfect" or "absolute" pitch. The ability, defined as recognizing the pitch of a musical note ...
I'm singing in the rainforest: Researchers find striking similarities between bird song and human music
The origin of human music has long been the subject of intense discussion between philosophers, cultural scientists and naturalists. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, ...
iPhones are musical instruments in new course and ensemble (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- iPhones are being used as musical instruments in a new course at the University of Michigan.
Method developed to identify musical notes at any venue
A team of telecommunications engineers from the University of Jaen (UJA) has created a new method to automatically detect and identify the musical notes in an audio file and generate sheet music. The system ...
Music makes you smarter
Regularly playing a musical instrument changes the anatomy and function of the brain and may be used in therapy to improve cognitive skills.
Web app could find out if a song has the X Factor
A new web app that allows budding musicians to score their own songs to find out if they have hit potential has been launched.