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Sound around the web


A  (continually updated) collection of informative/interesting/weird/curious sound-related links.

  • In the news

  • Physics of sound

  • Hearing 

  • Auditory Perception

  • Music

The sound illusion that makes Dunkirk so intense

VOX link

Elephant Seals Can Recognize Rhythm And Pitch

NPR link

Making music from brainwaves

Blog by 'Neurosceptic'

Researcher scans Sting's musical brain

medicalXpress link

The musical harmonies you like depend on where you're from.

NewScientist link

'Sea Organ' uses ocean waves to make music
Translation of sound - RCA project with SONOS

VIMEO link

Vanishing Languages, reincarnated as music

NYT article

Body of songs - Music inspired by the organs of the body
Steve Reich's clapping music

part of a research project at Queen Mary University

Dial-tone drone -  a project by the artist Aura Satz

 thewire link

polyphonic overtone singing explained
mongolian throat singing
Haydn's 'farewell' symphony (No. 45)

<from Wikipedia>

When the symphony was written, Haydn's patron Prince Nikolaus Esterházy was resident, together with all his musicians and retinue, at his favorite summer palace at Eszterháza in rural Hungary. The stay there had been longer than expected, and most of the musicians had been forced to leave their wives back at home in Eisenstadt, about a day's journey away. Longing to return, the musicians appealed to their Kapellmeister for help. The diplomatic Haydn, instead of making a direct appeal, put his request into the music of the symphony: during the final adagio each musician stops playing, snuffs out the candle on his music stand, and leaves in turn, so that at the end, there are just two muted violins left (played by Haydn himself and his concertmaster, Luigi Tomasini ). Esterházy seems to have understood the message: the court returned to Eisenstadt the day following the performance


Cat pianos, sound houses and other imaginary musical instruments

open knowledge foundation link

Touch pianist
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