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Songs in the Key of Life: The Linguistic Universals of Adapting Sound to Artistic Expression

Mar. 1, 2018 — 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 ... read more

Jan. 22, 2018 — How your brain responds to music listening can reveal whether you have received musical training, according to new research. By applying methods of computational music analysis and machine learning ... read more

Computational Study of World Music Outliers Reveals Countries With Distinct Recordings

Dec. 21, 2017 — Botswana is the country with the most distinct musical recordings around the world while China has the most distinct recordings in relation to its neighbours, according to ... read more

Repetition Can Make Sounds Into Music

Dec. 4, 2017 — New research shows that listeners perceive repeated environmental sounds as ... read more

Nov. 6, 2017 — Relational factors in music therapy can contribute to a positive outcome of therapy for children with ... read more

Lively Tunes Boost Sales in Crowded Stores

Aug. 29, 2017 — If a store is crowded, people tend to buy more if the sound system is playing a fast-paced song rather than a ballad. That's what a team of researchers found in a field experiment across a chain ... read more

A Song's Structure Can Be Linked to Its Popularity

Aug. 23, 2017 — Music can elicit strong emotions, which can be hard to describe. A new study has found that a simple change in harmonic structure can contribute to our preference for certain songs. Analyzing the ... read more

Aug. 16, 2017 — How do we detect the meaning of music? We may gain some insights by looking at an unlikely source -- sign language -- a newly released linguistic analysis ... read more

Music Therapy Helps People With Parkinson's Build Strength Through Song

Aug. 2, 2017 — A music therapy class is helping people with Parkinson's disease build strength through song. A new study shows singing improves the muscles used for swallowing and respiratory control -- two ... read more

July 27, 2017 — Playing a musical instrument throughout life improves the connection between the hearing area and the motor zone, as revealed by a new study. The research, performed through the analysis of the brain ... read more

Creating Music by Thought Alone

July 12, 2017 — Neurologists have created a hands-free, thought-controlled musical instrument. They hope that this new instrument will help empower and rehabilitate patients with motor disabilities such as those ... read more

Learning With Music Can Change Brain Structure

July 6, 2017 — Using musical cues to learn a physical task significantly develops an important part of the brain, according to a new ... read more

New Approach to Teaching Music Improvisation Enhances Creativity

June 21, 2017 — New research looks at developing processes for musical improvisation that enhance ... read more

June 20, 2017 — How did music begin? Did our early ancestors first start by beating things together to create rhythm, or use their voices to sing? What types of instruments did they use? Has music always been ... read more

Music Sessions Can Help Millions Who Struggle to Speak to Lead a Richer Life

June 14, 2017 — Music could be used to transform the lives of millions of people with learning difficulties, dementia, strokes, brain damage and autism and their families, according to new ... read more

Sexual Stereotypes Can Lead to Unhealthy Sexual Relationships

June 12, 2017 — Female college students who believe women are subservient and who endorse music media's degradation of women are more likely to be involved in an unhealthy sexual ... read more

June 1, 2017 — A recent study uncovered a crucial piece into why playing a musical instrument can help older adults retain their listening skills and ward off age-related cognitive ... read more

How Listening to Music in a Group Influences Depression

May 24, 2017 — New research takes a closer look at how music influences the mood in people suffering from depression, and examines what factors might affect whether listening to sad music in group settings provides ... read more

May 23, 2017 — Listening to music from other cultures furthers one's pro-diversity beliefs, new research concludes. The findings have important implications for music education, K-12 education and efforts to ... read more

Men Sing About Dating and Sex More Often Than Women

May 17, 2017 — A new analysis of popular song lyrics from 1960 through 2008 reveals that men sing about both romantic love and sex more often than women. However, female artists sing about romantic love in a higher ... read more

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Bitcoin, blockchain and automatic royalty payments could transform how musicians earn.

Her visual album Lemonade is important for more reasons than you might think. Pop may never be the same again.

By confronting powerful record companies and streaming services, Prince paved the way for other musicians to demand artistic freedom and their fair share of profits.

Prince revealed the fault-lines in commercial music making – and he didn’t hesitate to prise them open.

A detailed look at one of the musician's most celebrated performances gives a glimpse of the dedication which allowed talent to flourish.

An expert in copyright law explains who is better placed to win the trademark battle over the name "Kylie" – popstar Minogue or reality TV star Jenner.

Musician, actor, icon and entrepreneur – David Bowie's life was a masterclass in culture and business.

While the debate seems not to be solvable, three academics look at the question of whether artists should provide entertainment or write for their own pleasure.