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September 5, 2015

'Here Comes the Sun': Does Pop Music Have a 'Rhythm of the Rain?'

July 7, 2015 — Weather is frequently portrayed in popular music, with a new scientific study finding over 750 popular music songs referring to weather, the most common being sun and rain, and blizzards being the ... read more

Puccini’s ‘exotic inspiration’:Unusual Source of Madam Butterfly's Melodies Revealed

July 2, 2015 — The unexpected source of two of the most significant musical themes in Puccini’s masterwork Madama Butterfly has been revealed by an American music ... read more

June 1, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new augmented reality display that allows the audience to explore 3-D augmentations of digital musical performances in order to improve their understanding of electronic ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Schubert’s music sounds played today much differently than it did 200 years ago. To find out why, the body language of pianists is now being ... read more

New Music Strategy Shows 70 Per Cent Increase in Exercise Adherence

May 20, 2015 — The use of personalized music playlists with tempo-pace synchronization increases adherence to cardiac rehab by almost 70 per cent, according to a ... read more

Film Music Captivates Us

May 7, 2015 — Sound and music in films do more than merely enhance our experience of a film's narrative. They can also affect the ways in which we perceive ourselves and how we ... read more

May 5, 2015 — America's best teachers rap their algebra lessons, use music to teach Kafka and find other ways to use their own creative interests to teach their students, finds a new study. Examining the ... read more

Big Data Reveals Classical Music Creation Secrets

Apr. 30, 2015 — A new study uncovers how classical music composers collaborate, mix, and influence one another: Results show how culture evolves and predict the future of the recording market. A team of scientists ... read more

Music to the Ears of Dementia Suffers: Learning to Play Saxophone After Diagnosis

Mar. 24, 2015 — Researchers have revealed details of an usual case that offers new insights into frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The story revolves around a patient who, with no prior musical training, learned to ... read more

Product Placement, Branding Growing in Popular Music

Mar. 10, 2015 — As branding and advertising creep into almost every facet of life, a new study shows it's now making substantial inroads into popular music. The study examined in detail the yearly top 30 ... read more

Feb. 11, 2015 — A study challenged younger and older people to look at faces and names while either listening to non-lyrical music or nothing at all. The college-aged participants had no problems -- the music ... read more

Can't Sing? Do It More Often

Feb. 9, 2015 — If you've ever been told that you're 'tone deaf' or 'can't carry a tune,' don't give up. New research suggests that singing accurately is not so much a talent ... read more

Feb. 2, 2015 — Scientists have found some of the strongest evidence yet that musical training in younger years can prevent the decay in speech listening skills in later life. "Musical activities are an ... read more

Cochlear Implant Users Can Hear, Feel the Beat in Music

Jan. 26, 2015 — People who use cochlear implants for profound hearing loss do respond to certain aspects of music, contrary to common beliefs and limited scientific research, says a research team. The scientists say ... read more

Rihanna's Music Eases Kids' Pain After Surgery

Jan. 8, 2015 — Pediatric patients who listened to 30 minutes of songs by Rihanna, Taylor Swift and other singers of their choosing -- or audio books -- had a significant reduction in pain after major surgery, ... read more

Jan. 7, 2015 — Whether you are a Pygmy in the Congolese rainforest or a hipster in downtown Montreal, certain aspects of music will touch you in exactly the same ways. Researchers found that although the groups ... read more

Was Beethoven's Music Literally Heartfelt? Could a Cardiac Arrhythmia Have Influenced Famous Works by the Musical Great?

Jan. 7, 2015 — Could it be that when Ludwig van Beethoven composed some of the greatest masterpieces of all time that he was quite literally following his ... read more

Dec. 23, 2014 — In a study called 'the largest investigation of the association between playing a musical instrument and brain development,' a child psychiatry team has found that musical training might ... read more

How Music Class Can Spark Language Development

Dec. 16, 2014 — Music training has well-known benefits for the developing brain, especially for at-risk children. But youngsters who sit passively in a music class may be missing out, according to new research. In a ... read more

What's on Your Surgeon's Playlist?

Dec. 11, 2014 — Music and medicine are deeply connected. But is operating to music a good idea? And, if so, what kind of music should theatre staff be listening ... read more

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