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Shinola’s Quest to Make the Best Turntable You’ve Ever Heard

Unless you’re in your 80s or a big fan of the Steve Martin classic The Jerk, you probably don’t know much about the origin of the word Shinola.


How Does It Feel

Patty Smith on Singing at Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize ceremony.

The New Yorker

The Effects of MP3 Compression on Emotional Characteristics

Previous research has shown that MP3 compression changes the similarities of musical instruments, while other research has shown that musical instrument sounds have strong emotional characteristics.

Research Gate

The Brilliance of a Stradivari Violin Might Rest Within Its Wood

In the violin-making world, two names reign above all others: Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri.

The New York Times

Why Men Shouldn’t Listen to Rock Music While Playing Board Games

Men may want to think twice before listening to ACDC, Led Zeppelin or Aerosmith while playing board games, as rock music may distract them and impair their performance, a new study suggests.


The World's Oldest Surviving Piano Sounds Better That You'd Think

While music is inherently ephemeral art form, preserved historical instruments provide a tangible link to our musical past. But pianos are delicate creatures, and unlike violins, violas, and cellos, they get actually worse with age, not better.

Musical Toronto

How do musician's brains work while playing?

Musical styles and strengths vary dramatically: Some musicians are better at sight reading music, while others are better at playing by ear. Does this mean that their brains are processing information differently?

Science Daily

Pourquoi les instruments s'accordent-ils sur le La ?

On a tant entendu et tant utilisé le « la du diapason » qu’on en croirait presque qu’il s'est imposé naturellement. Mais non, on l'utilise par convention.

France Musique

5 Classical Music Rivalries That Left Bad Blood

Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. Oasis and Blur. Biggie and 2Pac. Music rivalries have a long history and classical music has seen its share of bad blood.


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