Musician Spotlight: Ed Sheeran

Do you recognize the song titles “Shape of you” or “Castle on the hill”? If so, it is because you are already a fan of Edward Christopher Sheeran, most commonly known as Ed Sheeran, or because you are a music lover.

Harmonics in sound

Frequency Facts As you know, all sound can be represented by a wave. Waves have a property called ‘Frequency’ which determines how high or low the pitch of the sound is. Generally, the human ear can hear sound that ranges from 20Hz (Hertz) all the way up to 20kHz (20,000Hz). Most sounds you hear are…

The Piano

The notes and sounds made by a piano are the result of strings vibrating. The strings vibrate when they are hit by a hammer within the piano. The piano has 88 keys all of which play a different note. Multiple keys can be played at the same time to create chords and harmonies. What happens…

Phase Cancellation 1+-1=0

Warning! This one is going to be a little maths-y and a little science-y! Don’t worry though, it’s a lot simpler than you expect. HOW CAN WE DESCRIBE SOUND? Sound waves have a set of complex characteristics that determine what they sound like. However, the only two we need to know for now are Frequency,…

Decibels; The Power of Sound

What we perceive as sound is longitudinal oscillations of pressure waves travelling through the air and the decibel rating of the sound is dictated by the how big those waves are – their amplitude. Decibels are logarithmic so the decibel scale can seem confusing at first, but if we consider the sound of a jet…

How Music Helps Plants Grow

Have you ever wondered if plants have feelings or if they can feel pain? Someone who is skeptical would say this is ridiculous. Despite this, there are several studies that show plants may in fact respond, like most human beings, to sound. The study that proved most interesting was by Sir Jagadis Chandra Bose, an…

Music Therapy

There are many healers on this Earth. We tend to sway towards mass made big pharma products over those that are freely, and naturally available to us. But actually the Earth is abundant with natural remedies and medicines and they don’t always take the forms that you might expect. Music, is a healer. A proven…

How Speaker Material Affects Your Sound

Which material is best when making a speaker? Making speakers that sound exceptional and retain stable performance is a mixture of art and science. When shopping around for speakers, you are sure to find all kinds of materials used to make the enclosure (the part that holds it all together). While many modern speakers are…

Music; a Competitive Edge.

Do you use music during a workout? Before a game? An exam? If you do, you are not alone, if you don’t then you should. Different genres of music generate different reactions in us. Some force focus, some make us move and some increase adrenaline. Which is why music is such a vital part to…

What is Spotify Connect?

What is Spotify Connect? Spotify has a tonne of features, though some of the fancier ones, such as Spotify Connect, are limited to users who pay up. Spotify Connect is a relatively new feature (or rather a new button in the Spotify app) that enables you to play tunes from Spotify’s catalogue – but through Wi-Fi-connected speakers, TVs, laptops, and other…

Internet Radio

Internet Radio: Broadcasting on the World Wide Web From the 1920s to the early 1990s, the only way to listen to radio shows was to tune your radio in to whatever was being broadcast in the air around you. Your radio would receive a signal being transmitted through the atmosphere from a large broadcasting tower…

A History of Headphones

The History of Headphones We often take the process of evolution for granted. It is in everything, ourselves as a race and individuals included. Everything on this Earth has evolved from something, a tree from a seed, an empire from an idea, a headphone from arm strain. By 1881, speakers had been around for some…