The Tinnitus Effect

It’s easy these days to get lost in music. A lot of us use it as an opportunity to drown out the noises that surround us. Regardless of what the sounds around us are, be it construction work, an annoying co-worker, the voices in your head even, we often seek refuge in the bliss of music….

Musician Spotlight: Tennyson

Luke and Tess Pretty, otherwise known as Tennyson, are a brother and sister electronic music duo from Edmonton, Canada. Since 2012, Luke has been producing electronic music with a unique and earthy tone, comparable to Boards of Canada, met with a complex flair of digitised jazz. Tess on the other hand, being a talented drummer…

The Mozart Effect – Music & Pregnancy

Music is life. It can make you feel happy and relaxed as well as it can remind you of the different stages or moments in your life. One of the greatest moments in the life of a woman is when they give birth to their children. It is such a special moment! But it is…

Dynamic Music Composition

What is Dynamic Music Composition? Try watching a film with the sound switched off. Not only will you have no clue what anyone’s saying (unless you’re a talented lip-reader), but so much of the impactful emotional content is lost. You can watch the introduction to “Saving Private Ryan” and experience the visceral brutality of war…

Finding the ‘Perfect Ceremony Song’

So, you’re getting married and you need a Ceremony song.Well friend, I am here to tell you that you have no idea what lies before you. I am soon to be married and I have finally, after 9 months of pure frustration, picked a wedding ceremony song. The experience was unfathomable. I think, at this…

Helen Keller- Overcoming Adversity

Music, is universal. People all over the World sing, dance and enjoy music from the Amazonian Tribesman chants to the Top 40 we listen to in the UK. Music is everywhere, and free for all to enjoy. Unless, you are fated without the ability to hear. Unfortunately, being deaf is not overly uncommon, in fact…

Why KBPS and MP3 encoding matters

96, 128, 160, 256, 320? These may seem like arbitrary numbers plucked from the air but in fact they are common “bit rates” for MP3 encoded music. Most often you will see a bit rate expressed as a number followed by “kbps”, meaning kilobytes per second. Essentially this is the amount of information stored in…

Selective Hearing

Selective Hearing (or selective auditory attention) is a form of selective attention involving the hearing part of the nervous system. It is typically characterised by focussing the attention on a specific source of sound, and thus blocking out the noise of the surrounding environment. A typical example of this could be a person watching a…

Heavy Metal; why you should listen to it

Music, is one of humanities greatest accomplishments. Creating a medium that can alter the way we feel instantly under any other name would be a form of magic. Music is one of our most powerful tools of manipulation. Just as easily as it can make us feel happy, swoon or cry, it can make us…

Listening to Music

Many articles have been written describing the process of how to listen to music – they tend to focus on how to understand the music. I’m not going to go over these things again (or at least not in the same context of trying to understand the technicality of how the music is created by…

Auto Tuning

The process of altering pitch in vocal and instrumental music explained…

Men & Women – The difference in the way we hear

The human ear can detect a wide range of frequencies (approximately 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz). The Hertz (Hz) is the unit of frequency and is defined as one cycle per second (cps). Humans perceive frequency of sound waves as pitch. An infant’s ear is able to perceive frequencies ranging from 20Hz to 20,000 Hz…