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.
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 ...
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, ...
Optimism can lead to unrealistic voter expectations in elections
(Phys.org) —Supporters had high expectations for a 2010 ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California. Those expectations were ultimately met with disappointment when the ...
High-tech musical duet gets cheers at Philly event
(AP)—Technology that allows musicians in different places to perform together in real-time was dramatically demonstrated Tuesday in Philadelphia, where a violinist and cellist hundreds of miles apart played a duet as if ...
Rdio to pay artists $10 per new subscriber
(AP)—Music subscription service Rdio (ARDEE-oh) is looking to dispel the notion that streaming services underpay artists for their work. Starting Tuesday, it will start paying musicians $10 for every person they convince ...
Curiosity beams new will.i.am song from Mars
(AP)—Will.i.am has premiered his new single—from Mars.
NJIT designer creates an ergonomic chair for musicians
A chair to help musicians feel better and play better is the goal of David Brothers, assistant professor of interior design at NJIT's School of Art + Design. He has created a chair designed to reduce the back pain that is ...
Non-verbal communication between conductor, musician leads to better music
Musicians execute their performances better when the non-verbal sensorimotor communication between conductor and musician is maximized, according to research published May 9 in the open access journal PLoS ONE.
Google+ rolls out 'Hangouts On Air' worldwide
Google began letting members of its social network worldwide broadcast "hangouts" live to Internet titan's growing online community.
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.
Using Hollywood technology to unlock the secret of pianist's sounds
University of Southampton academics are pioneering a new way of using motion capture technology to examine the way pianists play the piano.