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Arts & Culture

Videos and stories on museum exhibits, theatrical performances, and a variety of cultural activities as well as the latest research on arts and culture.
  1. Researchers use classical music to make protein songs more pleasant to listen to

    In recent years, scientists have created music based on the structure of proteins as a creative way to better popularize science to the general public, but the resulting songs haven't always been pleasant to the ear. In a new study, researchers use the style of existing music genres to guide the structure of protein song to make it more musical.
  2. Making musical performances safer in the era of COVID-19

    Researchers have studied aerosol production from playing wind instruments, singing and acting, allowing them to develop recommendations to minimize COVID transmission.
  3. Playing wind instruments generates less aerosol than vocalization, COVID-19 study finds

    Aerosol generated by playing woodwind and brass instruments is less than that produced when vocalising (speaking and singing) and is no different than a person breathing, new research has found. The findings could be crucial to developing a roadmap for lifting COVID-19 restrictions in the performing arts, which have been significantly restricted since the start of the pandemic.
  4. Teleportation in live musical performance

    A new study explains for the first time how quantum supercomputers could be helpful in the world of making and performing music.
  5. The songwriter is creative -- the singer, not so much

    Country music songwriters must perform a careful dance when they work with famous singers who may be less talented at writing songs but bring the needed star power to attract fans -- and, importantly, to get the song recorded in the first place, research suggests. A study of 39 successful country-music songwriters found that they use two strategies to navigate creative collaboration with more famous artists.
  6. Beyond Queen's stomp-stomp-clap: Concerts and computer science converge in new research

    New research suggests how to get large numbers of people engaged in participating during a live performance like a concert -- or a lecture -- and channel that energy for a sustained time period.
  7. Decoding Beethoven's music style using data science

    What makes Beethoven sound like Beethoven? Researchers have completed a first analysis of Beethoven's writing style, applying statistical techniques to unlock recurring patterns.
  8. Music captivates listeners and synchronizes their brainwaves

    When listeners engage with music, they follow its sounds closely. But what is it about music that keeps the audience engaged? A recent study charts new ground in understanding the neural responses to music.
  9. A groove is better with rhythm and harmony, new research shows

    New research finds that the sensation that makes people want to move when they listen to music -- the groove -- is more enjoyable with moderate rhythm and harmony complexity.
  10. Songs in the key of life: The linguistic universals of adapting sound to artistic expression

    A new study of how tone languages are sung has implications for the way humans manipulate and adapt the sounds of their language to artistic expression.
  11. Miles Davis is not Mozart: The brains of jazz and classical pianists work differently

    A musician's brain is different to that of a non-musician. Making music requires an interplay of abilities which are also reflected in more developed brain structures. Scientists have discovered that these capabilities are embedded in a much more finely tuned way than assumed: The brain activity of jazz pianists differs from those of classical pianists, even when playing the same piece of music.
  12. Almost all food, beverage products marketed by music stars are unhealthy

    The first study to quantify nutritional quality of food and drinks endorsed by music celebrities popular among teens has concluded that almost all such products are unhealthy. None of the music stars identified in the study endorsed fruits, vegetables, or whole grains. Only one endorsed a natural food deemed healthy--pistachios.
  13. Ionian musical heritage conservation goes digital

    Digitization and the web are being used to manage and disseminate cultural heritage, according to new research. A new study focuses on an Ionian music archive to show how modern technology can be used to conserve musical cultural heritage.
  14. UK children play instruments as part of family tradition, not to boost social status

    British parents encourage their children to play musical instruments as part of a family tradition and not to boost their social status as Americans do, research says.
  15. Why middle class people are more likely to play music, paint and act revealed

    The reason why middle class people are more likely to play music, paint and act has been revealed in a major new study. Research involving 78,000 people found that it was not wealth or social status that were strongly linked to people taking part in arts activities as amateurs or professionals, but rather, the level of education that lay behind arts participation.
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