"People prefer music that deviates from perfection in a natural way." Researchers into rhythm
are trying to figure out the nature of these deviations, and what implications this has for audio engineering and neuroscience.
Dr. Charles Limb put jazz musicians and freestyle rappers
in an fMRI machine and asked them to improvise/freestyle. [more inside]
How Music Works
- UK Channel 4 documentary (~180 mins.)
Why do some rhythms get our toes tapping, while others make us feel mellow? How does a love song bring tears to our eyes? What links African drumming to J S Bach?
Part 1 - Melody
Part 2 - Rhythm
Part 3 - Harmony
Part 4 - Bass
Then: Music producer and neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, author of This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of Human Obsession
and The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature
, shares some of his thoughts at Google Talk
and the PVCs
perform with three discerning robots
who pogo for punk
"Associative Musical Visual Intelligence (or "amvi" for short) is a type of intelligence that's difficult enough to define, let alone test. Many creative people can associate across sensory domains: they "hear" hints of shapes and can "taste" the essense of colors. At its most extreme this phenomenon is called synesthesia. However, I believe that creative people subconsciously employ elements of synesthesia every day when attempting to think of things in new ways. This is a logic test that attempts to measure one's ability to correlate musical phrases with abstract shapes and symbols.
" [more inside]