Music is an art form whose medium is sound. Common elements of music are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. The word derives from Greek μουσική (mousike), "(art) of ...

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Did the ballet/orchestral work 'The Rite of Spring' provoke a riot?

I took this from a newspaper article in the telegraph. It is often said that The Rite of Spring are what caused the outrage, but pulsating rhythms at least have an appeal at a visceral level (an ...
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Does regularly playing music to cows increase their appetite?

The Kobe Beef Marketing & Distribution Promotion Association says : There may well be some farms rearing low numbers of cattle who are doing things bordering on this. But, this does not mean ...
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Did Nirvana ever do a cover of “I Smell Sex And Candy”?

A Google Search turns up lots of results that suggest Nirvana did the song "I Smell Sex And Candy" but according to Wikipedia It was done by Marcy Playground and the article doesn't mention Nirvana. ...
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Why was the tuning standard changed from 432 Hz to 440 Hz? [closed]

I have found this question hard to answer. A previous post on this forum worded, "Is 432HZ more "natural" or beneficial to human body than 440Hz?" What not satisfactorily answered, I think largely ...
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Has backmasking any significant effect as subliminal stimulus?

According to the Wikipedia article, some people (e.g. christian groups) have claimed that backmasking could be used to manipulate the listener: Various fundamentalist Christian groups have ...
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Was Kurt Cobain listening to R.E.M.'s Everybody Hurts when he killed himself?

Kumail Nanjiani on why he hates R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” The above article on the A.V. Club website makes the following claim: This might not be true, but the legend is that this is the song ...
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Did a radio DJ lock himself in the studio and play the same song on repeat?

I've heard and read this one in various places, in many variations: a radio DJ gets (disgruntled)/(drunk)/(fired), and as a response (locks)/(barricades) (himself)/(herself) alone in the ...
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Has Phish “never played the same setlist twice”?

There is an enlightening article on the dollars and cents of the band Phish at Priceonomics.com. In the article, the author cites spontanaeity as a big reason for the band's success, and repeats a ...
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Does illegal downloading of music significantly damage sales? [duplicate]

Obviously the music industry has gone to great lengths to try and ingrain the message that illegal downloads of music have significantly damaged their bottom line, but is there any irrefutable ...
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Does ringing ears after a concert mean hearing loss?

According to this website, Tinnitus (or ear ringing) is proven by scientists to be the result of an alerting loss of hearing ability. The reasons behind this might be varying from the normal ...
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Do record companies use a system that kept 99.995% of artists without any form of regular income?

This quote from TorrentFreak: Under the “sign-a-record-deal-or-remain-poor system”, 99% of artists didn’t get record deals with the abusive record industry – and out of those who did, 99.5% ...
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Is 432Hz sound frequency more “natural” or beneficial to human body than 440Hz?

I have been reading about tuning musical instruments to A=432 frequency instead of recently (meaning in the last century) arbitrarily defined standard of tuning to A=440Hz. Supposedly the 432Hz ...
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Are heavy metal music listeners more likely to commit crimes?

It has been suggested (particularly in the 1980s) that individuals that listen to heavy metal are more likely to be commit a crime, as shown here and here. Have any studies statistically shown so?
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Explanation for regularly hearing music of no apparent source?

My grandfather considers himself a skeptic. His wife (my grandmother) recently passed away, and ever since, he swears that he can hear distant ethereal music late at night, every night, and only in ...
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Is chocolate bad for your voice?

I've had a variety of singing teachers, all of whom assured me that eating chocolate prior to singing was bad for my voice. This is assumed fact amongst almost all other singers I have known. I've ...
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Do Germans love David Hasselhoff?

Source From a BBC article: David Hasselhoff, star of the hit 80s TV series Knight Rider, is renowned in celebrity-obsessed circles for being Big In Germany; not only as an actor, but as a ...
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Does listening to negative emotive music help dealing with negative emotions?

My girlfriend tends to listen to music that express how she feels at a given moment. For example, if she's feeling frustrated then the lyrics of the songs she listens will be of frustration. Does ...
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What study showed that using headphones to drown out office noise is detrimental?

I was watching an interview with Spolsky and he mentioned some study that showed listening to music with headphones caused a drop in having "deep thoughts" ...
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Do old master musical instruments sound better than their modern equivalents in blind trials?

Musicians who play string instruments often believe that some of the early examples of the modern form of their instruments produce better sound than recently-made examples with similar designs. This ...
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Is the Inner Circle hit song “Sweat” about rape?

Is the song Sweat (A La La La La Long) by Inner Circle really about rape? Does anyone have an interview or something confirming this? When I was younger it was a hit and we all listened to it without ...
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Is there a reverse message in Stairway to Heaven?

Does the song Stairway to Heaven contain Satanic messages? Oh here's to my sweet Satan. The one whose little path would make me sad, whose power is Satan. He will give those with him 666. ...
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Is the sound from records (vinyl) superior to digital formats (CDs, music files, etc.)?

Quasi-related Are there any perceptible differences between the sound quality of 192 versus 320 kbps MP3 files? Do expensive, “premium” speaker cables actually make a difference? I've heard this ...
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Does the Suzuki method outperform other music teaching methods?

The Suzuki method is influenced by the violinist Suzuki's observations of how children learn to speak their mother tongue. Some of the characteristics of the method are learning music by ear is ...
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Do slot machines play in the key of C?

I was listening to Episode 57 of the Talk Show (at 44:35), and one of the hosts mentioned that he'd heard that slot machines all play in the key of C. Ostensibly, this is because this frequency is ...
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Is classical music good for a pregnant woman and her baby

I heard that classical music is good for a pregnant woman and her baby. Actually my wife is pregnant, and this is our first baby. So my question is is it true that classical music is good for a ...
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Does listening to rap music increase violent behavior?

Related (Kind of) Classical music in public places: does it affect violence? Do violent video games cause violent behavior? Can music incite murder? I've heard many people say that listening to ...
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Is listening to music while studying distracting?

When I was at school, the teachers always forbade us from using our mp3s, and we weren't allowed to listen to any music while in class. The reason being that it seems the music would distract us, that ...
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Is wood harvested during a full moon (“moon wood”) better for musical instruments?

Related: Is there any evidence to support the benefits of lunar planting? (LINK) A couple years ago, I first ran across something called "moon wood," described as follows (SOURCE): Moonwood has ...
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Does auto-tune make singing (without talent) easy?

Has autotune made singing as easy as people claim? Or is it just a tool that slightly aids already trained singers? For an example of the claim, see this (SFW) parody music video, by KSics and Alex. ...
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Is perfect pitch something you're “born with?”

I always thought perfect pitch was a lot like language - it's significantly easier to learn/retain if it was learned as a child, but it's still possible to learn as an adult. However, there are some ...
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Are there any perceptible differences between the sound quality of 192 versus 320 kbps MP3 files?

I have friends that are very picky when it comes to MP3 bitrate, and will always look for the 320 kbps version of a file. However, I have never noticed any differences, they sound the same to me. I ...
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Do new loudspeakers require a “break-in” period?

Foreword I've lifted this from audio.stackexchange.com where it hasn't seen a lot of discussion. It's a question that interests me though so I thought I'd post it here, verbatim, and see what comes ...
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Can I get high using binaural beats?

Some sites claim that you can get high using binaural beats: All I-Doser doses are tested by a panel of users who consider themselves experienced in binaural beat modification. A dose is not ...
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Playing music at night for babies/toddlers causes or contributes to ADD/ADHD

I've heard that playing music at night for babies and toddlers (i.e. children under 2 years old) can cause or contribute to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) when they get older. Is there any ...
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Can music incite murder?

From a deleted 700 Club interview archived on the internet archive at http://web.archive.org/web/20000122101421/http://www.cbn.org/the700club/johannamichaelsen.asp Johanna says you can trace ...
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Music And Productivity

I'm a high school student and when I'm studying / working on homework, I often listen to music, but its very hard for me to tell whether or not this is helping me or hindering me from an objective ...
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Backwards masking in music

It was alleged by opponents to rock and heavy metal that the artists would include hidden satanic messages in their songs that would become audible when playing the song backwards. It was further ...
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Are programmers likely to be musicians?

It's a common belief in the coder world: many programmers are also (talented) musicians. It was certainly true in the places I've worked as a programmer, and I have been a professional musician and a ...
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Classical music in public places: does it affect violence?

This article explains some British experience on playing classical music in public places and the effect on behaviour of people. It seems that the feeling (was it measured?) was that it prevented ...
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Does music affect the growth of plants?

According to a very old study plants that “listen” to music have a better growth than other plants. For her next experiment, Mrs. Retallack used two chambers (and fresh plants). She placed radios ...