Music

Why does music provoke emotion?

A well-crafted piece of music can bring us to incredible highs and crushing lows, sometimes within the same song. Why does music affect humans this way? Join Chuck, Josh and special guest cellist Ben Sollee as they get to the bottom of music and emotion.

So this is pretty awesome: A recent rising star in the Japanese pop music scene is actually nonexistent in any way we "normals" would consider an individual to exist. She is, in fact, a hologram named Hatsune Miku. Miku is the product of a software craze sweeping Japan right now called Vocaloid. You type in whatever lyrics you want and pick some notes from the program, and hit play and what you've wrought is sung by the program. There's no need for you to open your mouth.

The Effects of Music on the Human Psyche: From Empathy to Hostility to Sleep Deprivation

Music has a real effect on us. Why, I'm listening to music right now (Devo at the moment) and it'll probably help shape this post. Case in point: There's a new study out in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin that covers how songs with prosocial lyrics have a prosocial impact on its listeners. Take, for instance, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Remember Band Aid? The all-star group recorded that song 25 years ago to raise money for famine-stricken African nations. And it worked; the single raised over 8 million pounds. That's pretty prosocial.

Le Arrrrgh: Music Pirates in France May Lose More than an Eye

I thought maybe I should mention that France is taking steps toward plummeting us into a new extragovernmental reality where big business acts as law enforcement against copyright pirates. Just a few years ago, people who traded music and movies illegally tended to be savvy users who populated bit torrent sites and newsgroups. That's changed dramatically...