Never Underestimate Sound

Sound waves as visual art.

Standing waves are around us when we listen to music. Good sounding rooms minimize them.

This video forgets to mention that the vibrations around us are detected first by our hair follicles and joints before …

The Problem With Experts Indeed

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Interesting take over on RealHDAudio taking shots at a music producer.

I read and replied to his post but it’s not publishing over there, so here is:


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Timing, timbre, and room sound.
Timing, timbre, and room sound.
Timing, timbre, and …

Mothership Long Term Parking

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New imaging of Europa’s surface

Oh Jupiter, do you hold the secrets of the solar system?

Do the little green men reside there?


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How do you know we are Martian?


Many people point to Jupiter’s moon Europa as being the …

Music Education Helps Us For An Entire Lifetime

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What an amazing study done by Northwestern University showing that simply taking music lessons as a child can improve your cognitive ability as you age and actually offset natural degradation. Music lessons from over 40 years ago still resonated …

Sorry HAL

I’ve been tough on Ars Technica for good reason, but here’s an excellent article on the most fascinating space exploration project of the modern era.

It’s the distant Jovian [aka Jupiterian] moon Europa, and it’s not just science-fiction writers that …

Healing Senses By Depriving Them

Interesting theory here that a lazy eye can be cured or corrected with several days of absolute darkness. The lazy eye is a function of the brain not being able to control and process the eye properly, not a function …

Theories Into Reality

About 500 years ago some people started to sort some things about our universe out. Many were ridiculed if not persecuted so they hid this knowledge from the authorities.

This is what they knew to be true:

That is actual …

New Listening Test – A Proposal

It’s time for a better listening test. It’s time to use our understanding properly.

A proper listening test…

  1. needs to use all available sensory data from a modern smartwatch/ wearable CPU device
  2. needs to be portable and self-contained to allow

The Ghost in the MP3

Excellent work by Ryan letting you hear an approximation of what they are removing from MP3 files when doing “lossy” compression.

This is what the MP3 programmers deem unimportant in your music. You can play the video with it’s own …

The Complicated World of Hearing

What do you hear?  

Everything you can. 

How do you hear?  

Binaurally through the ears using mechanoreceptors in the form of tiny hairs called follicular receptors. Additional data is picked up by other mechanoreceptors throughout your skin including under every …

Perception Regions

Cutting edge science of our brains. They are starting to determine what regions are active for what processes.

Audio Mythology

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The world of myth and legend

See if you agree with any of these:…

Your Password Or Your Soul

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Will there be life after passwords? We are currently drowning in them – some more than others. A fella like me might need to enter 50 different passwords of increasing complexity just to get by a week in 2014.

It’s …

Getting Audio From Video Where There Was None

Yes that’s right. Researchers have used some cool computer programming and video chip tricks to do what was previously impossible – to use video to record vibrations made by sound and then recreate the sound.

No sound recorded, just …

Like The Feathers of a Dinosaur

You know they were just big birds, ight?

If they made Jurassic Park nowadays, we might be watching this:

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or wait, maybe this?

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The Problem With A-B’ing And Why Neil Young Is Right About Sound Quality

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Great Tape Op post that’s thinking big about audio, music, and hearing.

The main crutch of the good enough team is what is called the double-blind listening test (shortened to ABX). When doing studies based on perception, it is the …

Resolution, Not Frequency Range

Anyone arguing about audio and getting stuck on the overall hearing range of humans is actually missing the point.

What digital audio has really been doing is giving us lower resolutions on the sounds we can hear.

Have you ever

Digital Audio Verses Timbre

If an electric guitar and a piano both play a C major chord at the same volume, can you tell the difference between them?  Would you be able to discern a difference between the guitar and the piano’s version of …

1 Trillion Odors, or alot of Funk

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Ha, Imagine That!  I’m running all over the internet fighting bad science about hearing and music, and The Journal of Science publishes a study that says scientists have really underestimated the abilities of our nose and sense of smell.

Oh …

Bad Science + Business Interests = Trouble

Computer geeks know lots of things. The sheer breadth of stuff that geeks have crammed in their head is impressive.

But their major mistake is often not acknowledging their own ignorance. Many have come up in a world so digitally …

Gravitons, Waves, and Cosmic Microwave Background Oh My!

Big news from the physics world that I can’t possibly explain accurately, but here goes anyway.

Someone discovered a trace of a magnetic signal that is believed to come from the origin of the universe, a signal created shortly after …

Oh Europa, Europa

Check it, some smart folks are looking into the feasibility of actually going to Europa, the strange moon of Jupiter that has often been pegged in fiction as the home of our alien friends.

Europa is covered in a …

Pedal For Sex

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Here’s motivation to get (back) in shape: A recent study shows that women can pick the best cyclist by their “hotness”. That’s right, cycling  does indeed make you hotter to strange women, and your hotness appears to be directly linked …

Engineers Invent Acoustic Equivalent of One-Way Glass

Engineers Invent Acoustic Equivalent of One-Way Glass – Slashdot.

Wild stuff. One way sound?

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The Quietest Place On Earth Will Cause You To Hallucinate In 45 Minutes

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Amazing group of stories about sound, and what sorts of things can be learned by removing as much of it as possible. Silence is …

Tea Party Excess Threatens High-Tech Success

Interesting Op-Ed from a prominent Physics professor regarding how the political climate in the Tea Party era makes it very difficult to fund scientific research, and how critical to the past and future growth of the USA scientific research is.…

Wowza.

Sorry for the lame headline but I can’t think of much else. This is some amazing imagery, and gets kinda scary at some moments.

Freestyle Rappers Teach Scientists About Creativity

Now this is a collaboration.…

Shift Toward Minor Key

Pop Music Study Shows Shift Toward Minor Key Melodies Since 1960.

It also shows a slowing of tempo, increasing length, and more juxtaposition of positive lyrics over minor keys or introspective/negative lyrics over major keys.

The lyrical content was …

Schooled By Nye

Solar Panel Breakthrough

Solar panel made with ion cannon is cheap enough to challenge fossil fuels. Good news on the alternative power front — anything to help us get some nearly free energy.

Seems to me that anything that gets us using …

The Study of Astrofarts

Flatus gasses study summary.

In honor of my least favorite day of the year. Sorry ma, I had to do it.

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Watching Incorrect News Makes You Ignorant. Imagine That.

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Faux science from Fox news causes general scientific ignorance. This has been obvious to me but now we have data to back it up.

I’ve posted this before but it bears screaming digitally:

Global warming/climate change is not equivalent to