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.

Nanoguitar, the Guitar Smaller Than a Human Blood Cell!

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We’re practically trained to think of guitars as big, shiny instruments meant to capture the eye. Sometimes, a guitar can even call more attention than the person noodling on its neck. And while these weapons of musical extravagance do command attention when wielded upon the stage, the most attention-worthy guitar in existence may be the […]

How Do I Keep My Neighbor From Hearing My Subwoofer?

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Ah, the classic concern of good music-loving neighbors everywhere: "Can I use a subwoofer without getting a noise complaint from my neighbors?" The fact that you're asking this first before you just start bumping the bass is fantastic, because it means you have a chance to be proactive about it.  If you live in an […]

Human Speech From a Piano...

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I, for one, welcome our new piano overlords. In 2009 at the World Venice Forum, an Austrian composer named Peter Ablinger unveiled his crazy talking piano contraption.  While everyone was wondering what exactly was about to happen, he had it read the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court in a human voice: The video […]

Oscilloscope Music - Visual Signals & Songs

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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 […]

Acoustic Prism Invented - Breaking Sound Into Frequencies

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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, […]

Acoustic Treatment: Where Does the Absorbed Sound Go?

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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 […]