We’ve long known that music can affect and benefit the brain in pretty crazy ways, but did you know that your musical tastes can also somewhat predict your personality? A study conducted by Heriot-Watt University was able to determine that “dance fans are creative and outgoing but not gentle,” whereas “reggae fans have high self-esteem, are creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle, and at ease.”
Some of you may remember a few weeks back when we shared news of MusicInk, an Italian product that was helping school children learn about music by playing pieces of paper connected using conductive paint. In that article, we mentioned how cool it would be if we could one day make our own MIDI controllers out of just this conductive paint and pieces of paper, and, as it turns out, that’s kind of already happening thanks to the Touch Board.
After attending a musical performance in which radio signals from outer space were converted into musical tones, Stanford neurologist Josef Parvizi was struck with an idea: What if the brain activity of a patient experiencing a seizure was converted into music? Would it help him to be able to tell the difference between normal brain activity from that of an epileptic seizure? As it turns out, the answer is yes, and the resulting, somewhat harrowing audio from Parvizi’s first experiment can now be streamed.
As you may be aware, NASA announced today that its Voyager 1 probe has officially become the first human-made object beyond the solar system. This alone is quite an accomplishment, obviously, considering that the beast and its brother, Voyager 2, have been in orbit since 1977, but what’s also particularly curious about the mission is part of the probe’s cargo: a “golden record” intended as a document for extraterrestrials to learn about us Earthlings.
There are many things to be concerned with as our years of music listening—particularly at loud volumes—turn over. One of the biggest, naturally, is how our hearing is affected, and how, sadly, as we grow older, we typically tend to lose the extreme ends of our aural spectrum. Click on through to see just how much of the spectrum you’ve got left—and where you fall in the “normal” range for your age.
Well, it’s probably be cheaper than having your ashes sent into space. Yep, now you can have your charred remains committed to vinyl, embedded within 24 minutes of audio of your choosing. The British company And Vinyly will sprinkle your ashes into raw vinyl and mix them with audio, to the tune of about $4,600 for 30 records.
Imagine applying the earth’s levels of elevation to the grooves on a record—what would it sound like? With Flat Earth Society, the Art of Failure art collective have done just that. Artists Nicolas Maigret and Nicolas Montgermont use the “hill-and-dale technique” to take readings from the stylus of a topographic radar and cut them into a vinyl to be played back via phonographic record.
Looking for new sound sources for your next dubstep jam? Why not try a science experiment or two? Over on the Periodic Videos YouTube channel, you’ll find one helluva cool clip featuring Dave from Boyinaband.com creating samples from a series of chemistry processes—and they’re all stitched together into one killer low-end sketch-track.
There’s a lot of chatter lately about lazer cutters and 3D printers—heck, you can make a gun with them, for god’s sake! But there’s of course much safer fun to be had with new technology, and one such example is the awesome experiments being done by Amanda Ghassaei, who 3D-printed a record last year and who has now lazer-cut one of our wood.