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There is certainly a difference. The difference should not be looked for in sampling rates or performance, etcetera. The difference is in the production process. Example Please compare these two examples to have a specific idea of what the difference is. To easily see the difference, do listen to the plosives and sibilants like the letters "p" and "s" in ...


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There is a double-blind study that was conducted in 2010 in wich 21 experienced violinists were asked to compare violins by Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesu with high-quality new instruments. From the Abstract of the study: The resulting preferences were based on the violinists’ individual experiences of playing the instruments under double-blind ...


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The radio station Triple J in Australia did this in 1989. Triple J is a government-funded and government-owned youth radio station that does does not have any commercial interests, and is controlled by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (and thus, nothing to gain through self-promotion). In 1989, they had been playing N.W.A's song Fuck Tha Police in ...


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A riot in the modern sense of a violent disturbance of the peace by the crowd, no. However, with that said, it is important to remember that the meaning of words do change with time. If we look at the aforementioned Oxford English Dictionary we note the following: 1.3 archaic Uncontrolled revelry; rowdy behavior. Going back to the 1913 edition we can ...


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Yes, he did, prolifically. See for instance this article about a 2011 presentation by a Harvard Professor of Music, called Improvising Mozart. In Mozart's time, his reputation was based first on his skill in improvisation, second on his skill as a performing pianist, and only third on his compositions. Improvisation is still an important skill for ...


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According to As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin: (with my censoring) Like many self-taught musicians, he hit only the black keys, which were easier for his untrained hands to control. He called them "n****r keys," and the pianos he used, "n****r pianos," Both terms were standard Tin Pan Alley jargon. His use of these expressions, repugnant ...


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There's a couple of studies on this: Lifestyle correlates of musical preference: 1. Relationships, living arrangements, beliefs, and crime Sadly, this study doesn't seem to differentiate between "rock" and "heavy metal". People who prefer "rock" have been arrested the most (13 times, but that's a fairly low number overall) and committed "arrestable" acts ...


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Ringing after a concert is not a sign of permanent hearing loss, hence the recovery. However repeated exposure to the very high noise levels greatly increases your chances of causing permanent tinnitus and generally dulling your hearing. From the NHS guide to protecting hearing I have: Experts agree that continued exposure to noise at or above 85dB over ...


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This has happened several times, but I think more often than not it's a stunt. In 1963, "Barefoot" Larry Justice who had worked for about six months at WPGC in Washington DC, locked himself in his booth and repeatedly played the novelty track 'Prez Conference' by Len Weinreb. Listeners really did come to the station to offer support. The issue was a pay ...


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For one thing, "Amazing Grace" isn't an old Negro spiritual. Per Wikipedia, the words were written by a British sailor (involved in the slave trade) who later became a clergyman. He only wrote the words: they were set to a number of tunes, with the current one not used until about half a century after its composition. It in turn was likely derived from old ...


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There is a Ph.D. thesis on this topic, written by Marian Newsome Moorhead in 2005, titled "The Suzuki Method: A comparative analysis of the perceptual/cognitive listening development in third grade students trained in the Suzuki, traditional, and modified Suzuki music methods." Basically, a bunch of students taught in the Suzuki (which emphasizes rote ...


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It looks like the claim is no longer true. A writer at the Vegas Chatter blog was skeptical of this claim, and so decided to contact IGT, a gaming machine manufacturer. They were quoted as saying The original....sounds were centered in the key of C - Once we began creating theme specific content that went away, and pretty much all the key centers of ...


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I took this questions to mean "Are good programmers more likely to be good musicians than non-programmers?" because the real question is a bit trivial (as one comment indicates) and I thought I could tell that this was what Sklivvz wanted to know from his own answer. The most parsimonious explanation for this is likely to be the general factor of mental ...


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The claim is, at best, speculative, and, at worst, incorrect. The current records for Phish setlists are incomplete, and the earliest sets may never be recovered. Phish.net is widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive resources for Phish setlists (if not the most comprehensive). I was able to find one pair of seemingly identical sets: Feb 1st 1985:...


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Yes, though the improvement is not direct, not large, and not just from classical music. Listening to any emotionally positive music has been shown to improve a subject's mood, which in turn has been shown to improve cognitive abilities. Furthermore, although positive effects on certain tasks have been observed, the effects appear to be quite small overall....


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"Sex and Candy" came out in 1997. Kurt Cobain died in 1994. You can probably work it out from there. The misconseption exists simply because people think they sound alike. Kurt Cobain died April 5, 1994 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Cobain Sex and Candy by Marcy Playground released November 4, 1997 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_and_Candy


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Billboard published an article summarizing the report on which this claim is based: China Rising & Downloads Falling: 5 Takeaways From the IFPI's Global Music Report. The reported total recorded music sales in 2016 was $15.7 billion. Of that, $563.6 million was from vinyl sales. That's 3.6% when rounded to the nearest tenth of a percent.


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I strongly suspect they didn't add a message on purpose: They say so clearly in your quote. Why would they lie? There are many bands who play Satanic rock with Satanic lyrics, all in the open. There is no reason for Led Zeppelin to lie! Pareidolia need to be accounted for. A serious study of back masking and pareidolia was performed in the early 80's and ...


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"Better" is a vague term which could be "more accurate", "more often preferred", or a number of other things. For simplicity: I will assume the question is one of fidelity. A CD has a lower minimum frequency at volume and a greater dynamic range (Fries, Bruce; Marty Fries (2005). Digital Audio Essentials. O'Reilly Media. p. 147. ISBN 0-596-00856-2) than ...


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Yes, the chicken is playing the correct notes, but it is being assisted with cues. Take a look at this video that was posted by the chicken's owner. It has a much better angle, and it can be seen that the appropriate key lights up before being pecked. There is still quite a bit of software that is being used to allow the song to be played, but it's ...


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The older 'standard' appears to be a French one at 435Hz. While, 432Hz was used by Verdi; also referred as 'Verdi Tuning', based on a power of 2 calibration for middle C. The ISO 16 standard finalized to 440Hz (among other variations; including 439Hz being a prime and hence not easily reproduced in the lab). So, I guess it is not quite like 432Hz was ...


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In an interview at songfacts Marcy Playground's John Wozniak says that Yeah, where did I get the “sex and candy” part from? Well, I was dating a girl and she was going to Bryn Mawr College and it’s where my dad teaches. And I was probably 17 or something like that and she was like 18. I always liked the older girls. (laughs) But we were in her dorm room, ...


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Violent or anti-social music lyrics may provide a short-term catharsis for depression and feelings of alienation, by giving the listener the company that mysery is said to crave. In larger doses, however, the negative emotions expressed in those songs are apt to work at ingraining the attitudes they portray in their lyrics into the minds of their listeners, ...


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Norwegian Wood was recorded by The Beatles in October 1965. 4th Time Around was recorded by Dylan in February 1966 (and released in May). I can't find any information regarding whether Dylan played this song live at any point before October 1965. However, it is possible that Al Kooper is mistaken about why Dylan said "I should've given them shit about ...


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TL;DR: There is a lot of relevant research and the findings are complex. They neither strongly support nor deny the assertion that listening to certain music or watching certain music videos may contribute to violent behavior. === This book chapter from 2003 covers research on "violent music" as it relates to child and adolescent development. It covers a ...


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You raise several interesting questions. The questions will undergo a modest redirection, but I hope that I will not lose the intent of the OP. Does absolute pitch have a heritable component? Yes, according to this University of California Genetics of Absolute Pitch Study. Both European families and East Asian families had a “linkage peak” at 7q22.3. In an ...


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Researching this a few years back I came across a site which demonstrated that in most cases like this, you can only hear these lyrics if prompted with them in advance. Otherwise you just hear gibberish or some other 'my brain trying to make sense of this' words. http://jeffmilner.com/backmasking/index.html


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"Music is considered an ecologically valid auditory stimulus since many different brain centers can be activated through functional dissociation between the ventral and dorsal networks involved in event segmentation of music." Evidence is inconclusive to suggest using headphones to drown out office noise is detrimental since some studies show positive/...


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