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Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Are musical tastes cultural or hardwired in the brain?

A new study out of MIT and Brandeis University – we have written about earlier this week – suggests musical preferences are cultural in origin and not hardwired in the brain.

Duke University: Exploring Music’s Impact on the Brain

Duke University professors conduct an experiment on a professional violinist that explains the science behind the brain’s ability to process music.  

The British Museum: How to play an ancient rock gong

The British Museum invited Dr Cornelia Kleinitz, an archaeologist specialising in rock art, and Liam Williamson, a modern rock drummer, to try and discover how a rock gong might have been played. This was the result. Rock gongs are a type of lithophone that were used for thousands of years in several parts of Africa. …

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Chris Hadfield: Space Oddity

Rest in peace, Starman. A revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station. Composition: “SPACE ODDITY” Written by David Bowie Published by Onward Music Limited (Note: This video cannot be reproduced and is licensed for online music use only.) With thanks to Emm Gryner, Joe …

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Smithsonian: Do Plants Respond to Music?

One organic wine grower is convinced that a daily dose of classical music helps his grapes grow. Two German students decide to test the hypothesis, only to discover a possibly revolutionary result.  

Clayton Cameron: A-rhythm-etic. The math behind the beats

TEDYouth 2013 · 5:57 · Filmed Nov 2013 Ready to dance in your seat? Drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music—from R&B to Latin to pop—by their beats. A talk that proves hip hop and jazz aren’t cooler than math—they simply rely on it.  

Glenn Wilson: The Power of Music

How does music exert such extraordinary effects on our emotions? To what extent does it depend upon our nature (biological rhythms, instinctive reactions to certain sound patterns) and to what extent experience (e.g. conditioned associations, nostalgia)? Glenn Wilson: The Power of Music from Gresham College on FORA.tv

Vsauce: Will We Ever Run Out of New Music?

Vsauce asks the question whether we will actually run out of new unique music. The number of different combinations is finite, so perhaps we will?

Robert Gupta: Between music and medicine

TED presents Robert Gupta, who was caught between a career as a doctor and as a violinist, he realized his place was in the middle, with a bow in his hand and a sense of social justice in his heart. He tells a moving story of society’s marginalized and the power of music therapy, which …

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