Plausible: Sounds & Shoes & Skirts (Stradivarius)

Two looks at a new study about the famously superior sound of Stradivarius violins: Jennifer Ouellette (Cocktail Party Physics): “Anatomy of a Stradivarius.” [BONUS (Jan 3): Musician buys old violin at flea market worth thousands.] Ed Yong (Not Exactly Rocket Science): “Violinists can’t tell the difference between Stradivarius violins and new ones.” [BONUS: Comments by one of the study […]

Perception of Electric Toothbrushes

“The Role of Auditory Cues in Modulating the Perception of Electric Toothbrushes,” Massimiliano Zampini, S. Guest, and Charles Spence, Journal of Dental Research, vol. 82, no. 11, 2003, pp. 929–32. Zampini and Spence were awarded the 2002 Ig Nobel Prize in nutrition for electronically modifying the sound of a potato chip to make the person […]

Tissue paper, for audio engineers

Audio engineers can, famously, be finicky in selecting the very most right equipment for a task. Investigator Julia Lunetta alerts us to a report about one instance of this: Examining the Yamaha NS-10M “Tissue Paper Phenomenon” An Analysis of the Industry-Wide Practice of Using a Tissue-Paper Layer to Reduce High-Frequency Output by Bob Hodas …As […]