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Mini Episode: Classical Musicians Are Human, Too
Feb 20, 2017 • 6 min
There’s an uncomfortable genre of bootleg classical music recordings floating around the internet. They’re big, public bloopers by professional musicians. They’re somewhat rare, and in many cases they’re posted anonymously. They’re sort of mysterious. But…
7: The Music Genome Project Hasn’t Failed Yet
Jan 11, 2017 • 22 min
From the beginning, Pandora has banked on a proprietary music rating system called the Music Genome Project. It involves rating songs on hundreds of attributes, from “aggressive drumming” and “jazz influences” to “angry lyrics” and “ambiguous…
6: Scenes From an Italian Astronaut
Jan 4, 2017 • 13 min
Back in October 2016, researchers at George Mason University published a report on the peculiar distribution of airport noise complaints. The most lopsided figures came out of Reagan International Airport in Washington, DC, where authorities said a single…
5: Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot?
Dec 28, 2016 • 17 min
You can barely hear it, but it’s there; each year on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” amid the ruckus of Times Square in the moments after midnight, a gentle, plaintive big-band version of “Auld Lang Syne” hums along softly. It’s the sound of the…
4: It’s All In Your Head
Dec 21, 2016 • 27 min
This week we’re messing with your head. We’ve all seen optical illusions, but it turns out there are auditory illusions, as well: sounds that exploit the way we process audio and make us perceive it in unexpected ways. On today’s episode, we pick four…
3: The Audience Is Listening
Dec 14, 2016 • 15 min
Today, we bring you two stories about movie sounds. First, the story behind Deep Note, the iconic audio logo for THX, and how it was almost lost forever. Then, things get a little personal as one producer with an axe to grind embarks on a journey to find…
2: Hear People Die
Dec 7, 2016 • 8 min
Hearpeopledie is an offshoot of a subreddit called watchpeopledie, which is for videos of graphic violence. Audio, however, is a little more hardcore. The clips on r/hearpeopledie range from quiet moments of legal assisted suicide to the violent death of…
1: What Comes After Hamilton?
Dec 5, 2016 • 18 min
The hip-hop theater scene has been around for a while, but it’s been launched into the spotlight by the recent success of the musical Hamilton. In its wake, a workshop called #BARS was created to mix the worlds of hip hop, theater, and verse. There are…
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Dec 3, 2016 • 1 min
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