Why do we dance to music?

Every time that I listen to a piece of music that I love, I tend to imagine how I would dance to it, the sequence of steps that I would do, even if in real life I cannot perform them. For me, dancing is freedom, it is an expression of what you are feeling when…

Sound Pressure & Volume

Sound Pressure and Volume The human ear hears pressure – not volume. The difference between the two is that the closer to the source of the sound you are, the more pressure you will hear, and conversely the further away you get from the source of sound, the lower the pressure. As you increase the…

What do you want from music?

What do you want out of music? We listen to it daily, but why? What is it that we’re really looking for in it? For me, I want music to accompany me. It should provide comfort, cheer, hope, fear and every other emotion when I need it, and it does, every time. Music evokes the…

Wireless: Choosing the System for You

What you need to know about wireless speakers, and how to choose the system that suits you best. Selecting a new speaker system to purchase has become an increasingly complex and sometimes confusing process. There are a lot of decisions to me made when it comes to finding the right combination of features and connectivity….

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…