Music to Make You Happy

April 1st, 2020

It’s generally accepted that music can influence your mood, or at least complement and enhance your existing mood – but to what extent can music be deliberately designed to do so?

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Coding The Algoraves

June 10th, 2019

The idea of robots making music is not new – in fact, as all music technology is essentially designed to increase the potential of music making, enabling the technology to create its own music seems like a logical extension of the concept. But how far has it come – and how far can it go?

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Different Approaches to Creating Music

March 1st, 2019

The creative process varies from person to person, and indeed from day to day – but if you’re looking for inspiration, there are plenty of ideas out there…

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Tech For The Festive Musician

December 17th, 2018

It’s that time of year again when we flail about the Internet looking for gift inspiration for family and friends – and this can easily lead to an outbreak of gear acquisition syndrome in even the most resolute music producer…

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Does Music Make You Smarter?

March 4th, 2018

As smartphones and their accompanying app ecosystems burst onto the scene over the past decade, a notable subset of apps began to appear which purported to improve neurological and cognitive functioning. However, it seems the best method for boosting the brain has been around for quite a bit longer…

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Music On The Street

December 13th, 2017

As we’re heading into the Christmas season, what better time to check out some of the overlap between music/technology and children’s television…

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Player Piano Player

July 26th, 2017

The piano was a revolutionary piece of music technology in its time, and still holds pride of place in the modern music landscape. Although nowadays computers can reproduce and create music (including the sounds of a piano) in remarkable ways, the quest to automate the piano far predates the advent of electronic computing…

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Audio Illusions – The Shepard Tone

May 14th, 2017

Most people are familiar with the concept of optical illusions, but it’s also possible to create auditory illusions. One such example is the Shepard Tone…

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Build A Better Groove

August 25th, 2016

Rhythm is one of the most primal building blocks of our musical experience; everyone can bash out some sort of rhythm, but what makes a good groove?

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Why Pitch Is Relatively Important

April 11th, 2016

If you have a digital instrument tuner, chances are it’s working at standard concert pitch (A440) where the A above middle C is set at a frequency of 440Hz. There are some people, however, who feel this may not be the ideal system…

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