Category Archives: Music

Perfect pitch may not be so ‘perfect’

… People classified with perfect pitch may not actually be as in tune with the notes they hear as they think. Played a long piece of music, a study group failed to notice when scientists turned the tones ever so slightly flat. They then misidentified in-tune sounds as being sharp. Researchers say it demonstrates the… Read More »

'Happy Birthday': Who Owns the Rights?

Usually, “Happy Birthday” is a happy, celebratory song that often precedes cake and ice cream. But it might soon become part of a contentious legal battle. Jennifer Nelson, the president and owner of the New York based Good Morning to You Production Corp., is producing a documentary about the history of “Happy Birthday to You.”… Read More »

Mumford & Sons postpone gigs, bassist hospitalized for blood clot

English neo-folk band Mumford & Sons have postponed three American concerts this week after their bassist, Ted Dwayne, was hospitalized on Monday with a blood clot in his brain. The Grammy-winning group, responsible for ubiquitous hits such as “I Will Wait” and “The Cave,” announced the news on its website Tuesday morning. “Our friend and… Read More »

Video: The Awesome Voice of 10 Year Old Anna Christine (videos)

Anna Christine | AMERICA’S GOT TALENT AUDITIONS | LIVE 6-4-13 “Hand Me In” by Anna Christine, Original Composition Live at The Smith Center – YouTube. Silent Night live performance by Anna Chrstine , 10 Years Old “Lights” by Ellie Goulding, Cover by 10 year old Anna Christine Damn. I could listen for hours. So much… Read More »

Practice makes perfect? Not so much

Jason Mraz, world famous performer with “perfect pitch”. €  Turns out, that old “practice makes perfect” adage may be overblown. New research led by Michigan State University’s Zach Hambrick finds that a copious amount of practice is not enough to explain why people differ in level of skill in two widely studied activities, chess and… Read More »

Video: Learn the Periodic Table of Elements song

Whether you need to brush up on your chemistry, or just love it when someone sets the Periodic Table to music, AsapSCIENCE’s The NEW Periodic Table Song is for you. This rundown of the elements in numerical order is set to Jacques Offenbach’s Infernal Galop, but was otherwise written, produced, and performed by Mitchell Moffit.… Read More »

Video: Astronaut sings Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ in zero gravity

Chris Hadfield has conquered space. Now he’s conquering the Internet, too. A video of the Canadian astronaut singing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” from the International Space Station has been zipping around the Web at light speed since it was posted Sunday. The five-minute clip features Hadfield singing a modified version of the tune and strumming… Read More »

Listening to Music Prompts Numerous Brain Changes

… When you listen to music, much more is happening in your body than simple auditory processing. Music triggers activity in the nucleus accumbens, a part of your brain that releases the feel-good chemical dopamine and is involved in forming expectations. At the same time, the amygdala, which is involved in processing emotion, and the… Read More »

Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett dies at 53

Australian rocker Chrissy Amphlett, the Divinyls lead singer whose group scored an international hit with the sexually charged “I Touch Myself” in the early 1990s, died Sunday after a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, her husband said. She was 53. “Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly,” her husband, former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton,… Read More »

Phil Ramone dead at 79; Grammy-winning producer worked with Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon

Phil Ramone, the recording industry pioneer and Grammy-winning producer behind landmark albums for numerous stars — including Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Ray Charles and Tony Bennett — died Saturday morning in a Manhattan hospital. He was 79. Though his family has not released the cause of death, Ramone had been admitted at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in… Read More »

Pandora makes me need an iPhone mute button

I shouldn’t complain because its free music and Pandora has to support itself somehow, but I hate ads so much that I find myself quitting the app and moving on to some other form of entertainment when the ads start. If I start Pandora later, no ads for a few more songs. Looking for an… Read More »

Davie Bowie set for fastest selling album of 2013

David Bowie is set to reach number one in Sunday’s charts with his album, The Next Day, making it the fastest selling album of 2013. The Next Day is Bowie’s first since Reality in 2003, which peaked in the charts at number three. Reports from the Official Charts Company showed that The Next Day had… Read More »

Ravi Shankar dies at 92

Ravi Shankar ( 7 April 1920 — 11 December 2012), often referred to by the title Pandit, was an Indianmusician and composer who played thesitar, a plucked-string instrument. He was described as the best-known contemporary Indian musician. Shankar was born in Varanasi and spent his youth touring Europe and India with the dance group of… Read More »

Happy “21.12”, Rush Fans!

It isn’t the year 2112 yet, but 9/21/12 is close enough for a Rush celebration. I had so much fun as a kid learning this stuff note for note by ear on the guitar (especially the solos)! Rush is an amazing trio, very creative album. Alex Lifeson is amazing. Trivia: I played Red Barchetta at… Read More »

Joe South, singer of Games People Play, dies aged 72

Joe South, who won two Grammys in 1969 for his magnificent protest song Games People Play, has died at the age of 72. The song, which took its name from a book by psychoanalyst Dr Eric Berne, has been covered by hundreds of musicians including Dolly Parton, Petula Clark, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike… Read More »