Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Music to the Ears, or Not

1. "Alice Springs town song to play in public toilets"
"The Alice Springs Town Council has moved to make public toilet
 experiences more pleasant - with music."

2. "Turn that noise off: The use and misuse of sound"
"Campaigners say that it is unfair to subject the young to a
 discomforting sound that only they can detect -- older ears are no
 longer sensitive enough to detect the Mosquito's din."
Meanwhile in Australia...
  "Anti-loiter device makes kids 'guinea pigs'"
"A civil liberties group is opposed to the use of high-pitched devices
 to deter youths from loitering at Ceduna in South Australia's far west."

3. "Bear convicted for theft of honey"
"The case was brought by the exasperated beekeeper after a year of
 trying vainly to protect his beehives. For a while, he kept the animal
 away by buying a generator, lighting up the area, and playing thumping
 Serbian turbo-folk music."

4. "Inaudible song is 'top of the pups'"
"A song that is completely inaudible to humans has become such a top-
 selling hit in New Zealand it is about to be released globally."
There's even a music video.

5. "Music special: Five great auditory illusions"

6. "Pitch perception skewed by modern tuning"
"Gitshier speculates that since orchestras tune to A over a range of
 frequencies, exposure to this may widen people's 'A category' and make
 them lump together adjacent notes "

7. "The Geometry of Music"
"Borrowing some of the mathematics that string theorists invented to
 plumb the secrets of the physical universe, he (Dmitri Tymoczko) has
 found a way to represent the universe of all possible musical chords
 in graphic form."