Music-color associations are mediated by emotion

Abstract   Experimental evidence demonstrates robust cross-modal matches between music and colors that are mediated by emotional associations. US and Mexican participants chose colors that were most/least consistent with 18 selections of classical orchestral music by Bach, Mozart, and Brahms. In both cultures, faster music in the major mode produced color choices that were more … Read more

“I don’t always listen to Journey, but when I do so do the neighbors.”

Other comments from the video, about musicianship, sound quality, singer range, etc., emotion, power, joy — you know, all these guys were good on their instruments. Steve Smith.. never one lick out of place. Ross. same. Jonathan… just solid and a perfect match for the band Nothing flashy. Neil… fiery solos and aggressive playing but … Read more

Insight into why the musical magic of Muscle Shoals / FAME, stellar at first, then “faded”

Spot-on, I think, Comment from the video — “It’s funny that it starts out mentioning that the engineer knew and made (or at least serviced) all the equipment, and the sound quality was great. But then, technology moved in, and the engineer became disconnected, and there hasn’t been “that sound” or any true hit ever … Read more

Practice Does Not Make Perfect – No Causal Effect of Music Practice on Music Ability

Abstract The relative importance of nature and nurture for various forms of expertise has been intensely debated. Music proficiency is viewed as a general model for expertise, and associations between deliberate practice and music proficiency have been interpreted as supporting the prevailing idea that long-term deliberate practice inevitably results in increased music ability. Here, we … Read more

Sight over sound in the judgment of music performance

Abstract   Social judgments are made on the basis of both visual and auditory information, with consequential implications for our decisions. To examine the impact of visual information on expert judgment and its predictive validity for performance outcomes, this set of seven experiments in the domain of music offers a conservative test of the relative … Read more

Automotive Audio: Tubed Tunes on the Go — Robb Report Collection

“If musical accuracy is what you are seeking, the Milbert is most certainly the Holy Grail of auto sound.”   Content Jeff Dorgay 06 / 01 / 2005 Milbert BaM-235 Car Amplifier Many of today’s mobile audio magazines feature rock stars and athletes who have invested the equivalent of a sizable down payment for a … Read more

Musical Training and Late-Life Cognition

Abstract   This study investigated the effects of early- to midlife musical training on cognition in older adults. A musical training survey examined self-reported musical experience and objective knowledge in 237 cognitively intact participants. Responses were classified into low-, medium-, and high-knowledge groups. Linear mixed models compared the groups’ longitudinal performance on the Animal Naming … Read more

Long-term music training tunes how the brain temporally binds signals from multiple senses

Practicing a musical instrument is a rich multisensory experience involving the integration of visual, auditory, and tactile inputs with motor responses. This combined psychophysics-fMRI study used the musician’s brain to investigate how sensory-motor experience molds temporal binding of auditory and visual signals. Behaviorally, musicians exhibited a narrower temporal integration window than nonmusicians for music but … Read more