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Musician composes music to soothe cats

David Teie, a cellist for the National Symphony Orchestra, has studied what sounds cats prefer and composed music just for them.<p>The BBC's Jane O'Brien spoke to Teie at a Washington DC cat cafe.<p><b>Filmed by Ian Druce; edited by Bill McKenna</b>

WhoSampled + Spotify = fascinating music exploration on iOS

WhoSampled has been around for years now, as a service dedicated to mapping which songs contain samples of other songs. So, if you search for Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice, you’ll see that it sampled Under Pressure by David Bowie & Queen (as if you didn’t know), but the WhoSampled goes way more deep …

Study: Music Is The Food Of Love

In what is probably one of the most unique studies involving iBeacons, music, and sex anyone has ever done, a researcher (in connection with Apple Music and Sonos) has found that music in the home increases togetherness, closer “proximity,” and leads to 67% more sex worldwide.<p>Now before you say …

10 Reasons Why You Should Not Enter A Musical Reality Competition

Today we’re going to look at a contract to enter a new musical reality competition called Songland, which is being produced by NBC. It’s supposed to …

This Speaker Company Says Music Makes You Happier

Back in the day, listening to your favorite album usually meant playing it for the rest of the house as well, whether they liked it or not. But …

Santa Barbara

God save the punks

The 40-year journey from anarchy to tourist attraction is almost complete. The place of punk rock’s birth in 1976, the King’s Road in London, is now …

Angela Merkel

Why Students Are Sending Earth Sounds To Astronauts

Space can feel awfully lonely. One professor let his students record soothing sounds from Earth and send them to the ISS.<p>Last summer, Greg Smith was standing in front of a Home Depot when he got an unexpected phone call. When he answered, the voice of NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren greeted him on …

MIT researchers find new ways into brain’s ‘music room’

NEW YORK — Given the antiquity, universality, and deep popularity of music, many researchers had long assumed the human brain must be equipped with …

How to listen in an age of infinite music

Since the invention of recording, music listeners have argued about the trade-offs between delivery and deliverance: Does more convenient access to …

Disabled violinist makes music with her brainwaves

Rosemary Johnson makes her first music in 27 years, thanks to EEG technology from Plymouth University<p>When she was 22, violinist Rosemary Johnson was …

Brainwaves

You don't need to be a singer to have a career in classical music

In part one of our feature, classical music professionals talk about their jobs, backgrounds and vital tips on how to get ahead<p>The most obvious routes for the majority of graduates who aspire to work in classical music are performance and education. But there are many industry careers available …

Flute

From Broken Roofs to Broken Marriages: Meeting the UK’s Most Obsessive Vinyl Hoarders

Welcome to a world where people make huge sacrifices just to feed their engrossing love for music.<p>Like most people, music was always on in my house as a child, but with a small difference: my father was a vinyl collector. Not in the ‘I buy two or three records a week’ way, more in the ‘I have …

Pittsburgh Symphony retirees find the music goes on

Performing music is a consuming profession. The mental concentration and physical precision and accuracy required are intense. And after thousands of …

The Biggest Session Drummer Of All Time Is Ready For The Spotlight

You may not know his name, but you’ve heard Bernard “Pretty” Purdie play drums. Over five decades, the prolific session musician has backed some of the 20th century's biggest hits. Now, at 74, he’s ready to take center stage.<p><b>Buddha-calm and Buddha-bellied,</b> Bernard Purdie sat alone at a huge …

Buy This Wooden Speaker, Help a Deaf Person Hear

LSTN isn’t your average audio company. The Los Angeles-based enterprise turned head a couple years ago when it started selling sleek wood and chrome …

Audiophile

Feel the buzz: the album recorded by 40,000 bees

He’s drummed with Spiritualized and Julian Cope. Now Kev Bales has joined up with Wolfgang Buttress and a beehive – to create a transcendental drone symphony<p>“We had a joke in the studio that they were the best band members we’ve ever had,” laughs Kev Bales when describing the recording of Be’s One …

Trent University

Will Streaming Music Kill Songwriting?

For many songwriters, the wake-up call comes when they have their first streaming hit. For Michelle Lewis, an indie-rock singer-songwriter who now writes primarily for other artists, it was the song “Wings,” which she co-wrote for the British girl group Little Mix. Lewis and her writing partner, …

How Music Festivals Shape Cities

A conversation with Jonathan R. Wynn on his new book, Music/City.<p>From Coachella, Glastonbury, and Stagecoach to Governors Ball, Lollapalooza, and Ultra, music festivals clearly play a role in the economies of cities. They bring in huge numbers of tourists and revenue, attract large audiences, …

Sphinx: Where classical music meets social justice

The Sphinx Organization, the widely celebrated, Detroit-based champion of minorities in classical music, reached a turning point last March: Founding …

Flute

Scientists Have Found a Way to Help You Learn New Skills Twice as Fast

Yes please.<p>The key to learning a new motor skill - such as playing the piano or mastering a new sport - isn't necessarily how many hours you spend …

Johns Hopkins University

The Vinyl Art of Video Game Soundtracks

You don’t have to be a video game aficionado to appreciate the graphic design of these enticingly collectible vinyl releases of each title’s …

Europe’s song birds perfect their tunes when wintering in Africa

For many of Europe’s song birds, the winter migration south isn’t just about finding food – it’s band camp.<p>Birds that migrate long distances to …

Why is there such a dearth of women at high-level jobs in the live-music sector?

A panel entitled 'Male Agents, Female Assistants' at this year's Eurosonic festival in Groningen confronted the issue with admirable candour<p>Tue, Jan …

Walk This Way: the hip-hop photographs of Sophie Bramly

In 1981, photographer Sophie Bramly moved from France to New York and for two years documented the Big Apple’s burgeoning hip-hop scene, taking pictures of graffiti artists, breakdancers and rappers such as the Beastie Boys and Run-DMC. Previously a fashion photographer, she would go on to help …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Blondie's Chris Stein photographed New York City in the '70s and '80s.

There is a nostalgic love affair with the photographs of New York in the 1960s and ’70s, specifically the art, music, and nightlife scene that …

Blondie

Possibly the best way to listen to music: First listen to silence

I was intrigued by an episode of Manoush Zomorodi's always terrific WNYC Radio podcast, "Note To Self," where performance artist Marina Abramović had an audience sit in total silence wearing noise-canceling headphones for 30 minutes before a live performance of J.S. Bach's "The Goldberg …

Flute

What the Music You Love Says About You and How It Can Improve Your Life

<b>The Music You Love Tells Me Who You Are</b><p>Ever been a bit judgey when you hear someone’s taste in music? Of course you have.<p>And you were right — <b>music</b> …

Bee Gees

Clever stuff: This deck of cards is actually a music album

When I was introduced to musician Beatie Wolfe at the DLD conference in Munich last week, she was wearing a gold jacket with a pink and white design stitched into it, which she explained was an ‘encoding’ of one of her songs.<p>Wolfe, then, isn’t your everyday singer-songwriter. She looks for ways to …

Why Isn’t Jazz Popular?

A New Yorker in PDX, pianist, noted blogger and PSU professor George Colligan often ruminates about jazz audiencesThat question has plagued me since …