Hedgehogs at a Music Festival

While others study pictures at an exhibition, Wanja Rast, Leon M.F. Barthel, and Anne Berger study hedgehogs at a music festival. They wrote this report about it: “Music festival makes hedgehogs move: How individuals cope behaviorally in response to human-induced stressors,” Wanja Rast, Leon M.F. Barthel, and Anne Berger, Animals, IX/7 [2019] pp. 2–19. (Thanks […]

The mystery of the whirly tube’s missing fundamental mode [study]

The musical instrument shown above is known by various names e.g. the whirly tube, the corrugaphone, the bloogle resonator, the voice of the dragon, the hummer, and even, according to American composer (and parodist) Peter Schickele the “Lasso d’Amore”. For acousticians, it’s noteworthy because the fundamental acoustic mode, that’s to say the note that one […]

The F note, a harmonious accompaniment to the F word

The Bibliolore blog tells some history about the supposed significance of the musical note F: The F note, one could say, has a musing-and-fraudulent aura that makes it a good musical accompaniment to the F word. In The voice of the silence (1889), Helena Blavatsky (above) designated the pitch F as the keynote of nature. Blavatsky’s authority was Benjamin Silliman, a Professor […]

Dickey’s gander at a quibble about pitch: 432 Hz for orchestras?

Colin Dicky takes a gander at a cocked quibble, in the essay “Pitch Battles—HOW A PARANOID FRINGE GROUP MADE MUSICAL TUNING AN INTERNATIONAL ISSUE“: “In 1988, more than a dozen of opera’s greatest superstars—including Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and Birgit Nilsson [pictured here]—added their names to a petition before the Italian government, asking it to […]

The Barcelona concert for embryos: Sharon Corr & Álex Ubago

“Sharon Corr and Álex Ubago celebrated Institut Marquès’ Ig Nobel Prize by singing to the embryos.” That’s the headline on a report by Top40-Charts. The report explains how Sharon Corr (of The Corrs) and Álex Ubago came to be involved in this historic concert: Institut Marquès, the worldwide leading fertility centre, has hosted a new live concert […]

Results of the Removement of the Three Minutes Irritating Music [research study]

“Removement of the Three Minutes Irritating Music Produced No Incremental Relaxation,” Wei-Ta Hsiao, Chung-Hung Hong, Hui-Min Wang, Sheng-Chieh Huang, Kai-Yu Shao, Shi-Han Luo, Wei-Chun Chiu, et al., Second International Conference on Innovations in Bio-inspired Computing and Applications (IBICA), 2011, pp. 57-60. IEEE, 2011. The authors, at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, report: “This paper studies […]

Do Test-Takers Pay Attention to Rock Lyrics? [research study]

“Effects of Aggressive and Nonaggressive Rock Songs on Projective and Structured Tests,” C.E. Wanamaker and M. Reznikoff, Journal of Psychology, vol. 123, no. 6, November 1989, pp. 561-570. The authors, at Fordham University, Bronx, NY, conclude that: “The findings are congruent with other investigators’ reports that subjects do not pay attention to rock lyrics. ” […]