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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

Mothership Long Term Parking

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

Do the little green men reside there?



Many people point to Jupiter’s moon Europa as being the logical place to find life other than us. The crust appears to … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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:

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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
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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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

Perception Regions

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

Audio Mythology

See if you agree with any of these:… Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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

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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 … Read the rest