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Why Music Makes Us Feel, According to AI

In a new paper, a team of University of Southern California (USC) computer scientists and psychologists teamed up to investigate how music affects how you act, feel and think Your heart beats faster, palms sweat and part of your brain called the Heschl’s gyrus lights up like a Christmas tree. Chances are, you’ve never thought...

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Cop Voice: Jay-Z, Public Enemy Songs Highlight Police Tactic to Frighten People of Color

What do songs by artists like Jay-Z and Public Enemy have in common? They feature representations of ‘cop voice,’ a racialized way of speaking that police use to weaponize their voices around people of color, according to faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Jennifer Lynn Stoever, associate professor of English at Binghamton...

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Clapping Music App Reveals That Changing Rhythm Isn’t So Easy

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London have developed an app to understand why some rhythms are more difficult to perform than others. They collected and analyzed a huge dataset of more than 100,000 people and found that changing rhythm is more difficult than playing a complex individual rhythm. The app challenges users to play Clapping...

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Popular Streaming Playlists Can Boost a Song’s Revenue by Up to $163k

Artists lucky enough to find their song on ‘Today’s Top Hits’, a Spotify playlist with over 20 million followers, could see a boost in popularity worth between $116k and $163k in additional streaming revenue. Playlists also have a big influence on the success of new artists and new songs. Getting to the top of Spotify’s...

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Our Centuries-Long Quest for ‘A Quiet Place’

The new film “A Quiet Place” is an edge-of-your-seat tale about a family struggling to avoid being heard by monsters with hypersensitive ears. Conditioned by fear, they know the slightest noise will provoke a violent response – and almost certain death. Audiences have come out in droves to dip their toes into its quiet terror,...

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Mavis Staples Confronts America’s Schism With A Hopeful Response

If All I Was Was Black unveils Mavis Staples’ sixteenth studio album and third collaboration with Wilco frontman, Jeff Tweedy as producer. It features twelve tracks, some of which are covered below for their ability to cement a convincing narrative, these are in fact fraught times but hope is not lost when we have solidarity...

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How the Death of the Hip-Hop DJ Spawned the Superstar Rapper

Since the inception of hip-hop culture, the DJ has been its cornerstone. The culture’s starting point is widely accepted as the birthday party Kool DJ Herc threw for his sister at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, The Bronx on August 11, 1973. Kool Herc’s selection spanned the funk genre, and using two copies of the same record,...