Music is an art, but it’s built on a system entirely governed by math and physics. That means scientists can have their fun too by studying our craft and sharing their results. In the Science category of the Ledger Note Blog, we’ve gathered all of the good stuff for you. Check it out below.
I, for one, welcome our new piano overlords. In 2009 at the World Venice Forum, Austrian composer Peter Ablinger unveiled his crazy-ass talking piano by having it read the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court: The video is in German but there are subtitles and the piano speaks in English. This is incredible though. […]
One thing a lot of studio engineers and musicians don't realize is that all of shit "mixing gear" isn't just that. The signal processing trade serves a lot of various industries, from music, radars, the medical field, and even nuclear physics. Just like mixers, other engineers need to clean up their electric signals to separate the […]
I see this technology completely revolutionizing speaker systems for concerts and arenas... The team over at the École Polytechnique Fédérale Dé Lausanne, a research facility in Lausanne, Switzerland, has invented what's being called an Acoustic Prism. We all played with optical prisms in school growing up. These were those transparent pyramidal triangles that refracted light, […]
This is a common question that gets asked by the insightful, but not scientifically inclined members of the music community: "So where does the absorbed sound go in acoustic treatment?" That's a clever question. We know that the entire reason we need acoustic treatment is because sound bounces around off of the walls in the […]
How does MP3 compression work? That's a common question that deserves a fast answer. I actually searched around the net before sitting down to write this and noticed that everyone was writing novels about the topic but nobody could explain it in a quick, normal-person manner. So here we go! "Any sufficiently advanced technology is […]
The mental_floss magazine tasked John Green of their List Show to compile 25 Facts About the Science of Music... He went above and beyond to make sure these were actually surprising, amazing, and conversation-inducing. Check out the 10 minute video below or scroll down for our TL;DR version: While won't suck all the life out […]