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    Your Brain Is Like Beethoven

    We survive noise by transforming it into patterns, like composers create music.

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    What Makes Music Universal

    Music brings us together to show us how different we are.

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    We’re More of Ourselves When We’re in Tune with Others

    Music reminds us why going solo goes against our better nature.

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    What Makes Music Special to Us?

    Clarifying the differences between what animals and humans hear.

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    Why A.I. Is Just Not Funny

    Although A.I. robots can pick up on jokes, they have a lot to learn about telling them.Queen Mary University of London / YouTube In the 2004 film I, Robot, Detective Del Spooner asks an A.I. named Sonny: “Can a robot write a symphony? Can a robot turn a canvas into a beautiful masterpiece?” Sonny responds: […]

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    How Noise Makes Music

    We use music to make sense of the squawks, creaks, and roars around us.

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    Is Multilingual Rap Eroding Canada’s French Language?

    Recently a Quebec arts foundation required the Francophone rap group Dead Obies to give back an $18,000 grant they’d been awarded to record their newest album. The problem? A word count determined that the group had stirred too much English into their distinctive multilingual lyrics, falling short of the rule that 70 percent of the […]

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    When You Listen to Music, You’re Never Alone

    Technology hasn’t diminished the social quality of listening to music.

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    The Cello Music of the Spheres

    Experience mathematical beauty and symmetry in a multimedia work.

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    Some Music Is Inherently Bad—But People Can Be Convinced Otherwise

    Artistic appreciation is a deeply subjective process, perhaps the most essentially personal thing that humans do. But are there some explanations for why we like what we do? Why, for instance, does a particular song get popular? Some of it has to do with the quality of the music—and by quality, I mean that there’s […]