Musical Coordination in a Large Group Without Plans or Leaders

An experiment looked at whether harmony, in its many meanings, might emerge from a tossing together of musicians. This study tells what happened: “Musical Coordination in a Large Group Without Plans Nor Leaders,” Louise Goupil, Pierre Saint-Germier, Gaëlle Rouvier, Diemo Schwarz, and Clément Canonne, Scientific Reports, vol. 10, no. 20377, 2020. (Thanks to Tony Tweedale […]

Facial Pain and the Instruments of Finnish Orchestra Musicians

Aki Savolainen writes: “I found this one article my father was working on a year ago, which found out that musicians with sleep bruxism experience pain related to the severity of their symptoms (surprise), and the instrument they happen to be playing has no effect on the amount of pain experienced.” The study is: “Oro-facial […]

Rock/Guitar/Tongue (study)

Playing a rock guitar solo with one’s tongue may be an impressive feat, but how are such solos actually rated by musicians (and non-musicians)? Dr. Marco Lehmann, Dipl.-Psych., M.Sc. of the Fakultät für Erziehungswissenschaft, Psychologie und Bewegungswissenschaft der Universität Hamburg, along with Prof. Dr. Reinhard Kopiez, Professor für Musikpsychologie an der Hochschule für Musik, Theater […]

Celebrity Burnout, Analyzed

“Durable Good Celebrities,” Todd D. Kendall, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 66, 2008, pp. 312–21(http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2006.01.009). (Thanks to Martin Gardiner for bringing this to our attention.) The author, at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, explains: “Celebrity musicians and other famous touring performers face problems similar to those of a durable good seller with market […]

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