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Here is one surprising result, from an experiment described in Maximum PC's article "Do Higher MP3 Bit Rates Really Pay Off?": Its conclusion: [No other] Maximum PC Challenge has ever surprised us as much as this one. It’s downright humiliating, in fact, that in many cases, we were unable to tell the difference between an uncompressed track and one ...


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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 distinct difference, however whether it's perceivable, and how much, depends on many factors. Unfortunately I can't access the full articles, however here's the abstract of a very relevant article, emphasis mine. Mp3 compression is commonly used to reduce the size of digital music files but introduces a number of potentially audible artifacts, ...


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Sadly, no. This is another one of those cases where someone seems to have found a phenomenon and decides to ask "what can I claim it does?" Binaural beats are simply an artifact of the way the brain perceives sound. In sense, it would be the same as someone claiming that you can treat erectile dysfunction by looking at an optical illusion. Problem ...


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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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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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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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No definitive study appears to have been carried out, but the Mozart effect has no effect on spatial awareness: There was no significant main effect of music and no significant difference between the pretest and post-test scores for both groups. Groups performed similarly on the control test and the experimental test, irrespective of whether they ...


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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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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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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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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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Sakakibara, A. (1999). A longitudinal study of a process for acquiring absolute pitch. Japanese Journal of Educational Psychology 47. lists that everyone is born with the ability to learn absolute pitch and Saffran, J. R. & Griepentrog, G. J. (2001). Absolute pitch in infant auditory learning: Evidence for developmental reorganization. Developmental ...


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I'm adding this answer to address some of the comments on the other answers that were asking for studies based on small children and/or pregnant women. First of all, Dr. Rauscher's work on the Mozart Effect has received a lot of bad press in the academic literature: The successful performance of the Mozart group may be explained by the incomplete use of ...


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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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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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David Clark, an AES Fellow has this to say in a paper Precision Measurement of Loudspeaker Parameters: 5.1 Break-In A break-in process is recommended. Drive-unit storage may cause the diaphragm suspension to drift away from its normal or in-use position. Break-in, with the drive-unit axis in the in-use orientation (usually horizontal), restores the ...


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Apart from the mumbo jumbo, any sap flow during or right before harvesting the trees would have no effect on the instrument once completed. It'd have to be decades of that different sap flow to have any influence on the structure of the wood. Sap flows only directly under the bark the wood used in instrument construction is wood from beneath that layer. http:...


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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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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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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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It really depends on a number of factors. Some of them are: The age of the listener, the older you get, the less high frequency sounds you can hear. Besides age, there are more individual factors. The quality of the music equipment, on a nice home stereo you are much more likely to note a difference than on an Ipod on a busy street. The quality depends on ...


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The suggestions that astrological alignment of the moon and constellations means anything, or that lunar gravity impacts moisture in soil or anything else, can be easily dismissed with grassroots skepticism and a basic understanding of physics. The scale of the changing force of gravity due to the moon rotating about the earth (which affects the ocean tides)...


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Has the autotune phenomena really made singing as easy as people claim? Here's an example of autotune: Carl Sagan - 'A Glorious Dawn' ft Stephen Hawking (Symphony of Science) It's an example of someone (Carl Sagan) singing without, obviously, even trying to sing.


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The most famous study is talking about so called "The Mozart effect". In 1993 Rauscher et al. made the surprising claim that, after listening to Mozart's sonata for two pianos (K448) for 10 minutes, normal subjects showed significantly better spatial reasoning skills than after periods of listening to relaxation instructions designed to lower ...


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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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