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Was the music used in the "You wouldn't steal a car" advertisements pirated?

Wikipedia cites an article at TorrentFreak. While that doesn't sound like a very reliable source, the article seems to be well researched, and the reporter is Dutch and hence probably has access to ...
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Is listening to lossy audio more tiring than lossless audio?

Verdict: Unlikely. Theoretical Background The term "lossy" refers to loss of information - that is, the decompressed audio does not exactly match the uncompressed raw audio - and as a result,...
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Did the ballet/orchestral work 'The Rite of Spring' provoke a riot?

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 ...
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Were slaves only allowed to play the black keys of a piano?

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. ...
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Did Mozart improvise?

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 ...
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Did Feynman write 'Orange Juice' as a response to Pauling's advisory on Vitamin C?

Probably not Summary I couldn't find a reliable source that could explicitly verify or debunk the claim, but available evidence paints a picture of an OJ-loving Feynman. The clip is part of a ...
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Did a radio DJ lock himself in the studio and play the same song on repeat?

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 ...
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Were slaves only allowed to play the black keys of a piano?

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 ...
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Does streaming an album 27 times consume as much energy as manufacturing a CD?

The original research that produced this was done in a collaboration between the University of Glasgow and the University of Oslo, and UoG details it here. While the Glasgow part is available here, ...
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Does listening to classical music "Improve Cognitive Function"?

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 ...
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Do vinyl records account for 3.6% of global music sales?

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 ...
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Is this chicken playing America the Beautiful on the keyboard?

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 ...
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Is 432Hz sound frequency more "natural" or beneficial to human body than 440Hz?

Per Dr. Diana Deutsch, perceptual and cognitive psychologist at University of California - San Diego, peer reviewed research is yet to be performed. "All of this can be put to experiment, rather than ...
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Is chocolate bad for your voice?

According to Voice Care Knowledge Among Clinicians and People With Healthy Voices or Dysphonia Journal of Voice Volume 21,January 2007, Pages 80–91: Chocolate as a solid caffeine may be detrimental ...
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What study showed that using headphones to drown out office noise is detrimental?

"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 ...
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Can music incite murder?

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 ...
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Are the songs on "Rote Lieder (Die Besten politischen Lieder aus der DDR)" from the German Democratic Republic?

A quick look makes the list of artists seem quite genuine. Oktoberklub, Ernst Busch etc are original GDR artists. The one example you picked out here — "the people's policeman song" — is a GDR ...
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Did The Beatles write "Norwegian Wood" after hearing Bob Dylan's "4th Time Around" as claimed by producer Al Kooper?

Check this video: https://youtu.be/9Xw6Ll9F38E?t=227 Partial transcription: Dylan: You asshole. You hit her. That's the thing I was pissed off about. I wasn’t pissed off at—about the flick. Do you ...
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Did Nirvana ever do a cover of "I Smell Sex And Candy"?

Kurt Cobain died in '94, and this song was written in '92 or '93. But there is NO WAY Kurt could have sang this song, because it didnt come out until it was released in 1997 first in February and then ...
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Is listening to music while studying distracting?

According to focus@will, the answer is that it depends on the music in question. f@w is a music service claiming to use neuroscience to sequence their music to enhance concentration: f@w has ...
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