The Self-Playing Violins That Mastered Chopin

The robotic Phonoliszt-Violin was dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World” in 1910.

July 13th, 2018 | Tags: ,
Power of the Mind: You Can Play This Instrument Using Just Your Thoughts

Neurologists have created a musical instrument that can be controlled using only the power of the mind—and its creators hope it could improve life for people living with disabilities.

May 23rd, 2018 | Tags: ,
Are Catgut Instrument Strings Really Made From Cat Guts? The Answer Might Surprise You

Greek mythology has it that Hermes strung the first lyre with the entrails of freshly slaughtered cows he had stolen from his brother Apollo. In a rage, omniscient Apollo dashed to punish his mischievous brother, but grew calm once he [...] more >>

May 18th, 2018 | Tags:
How to Choose the Best Guitar, 15 Factors to Consider According to Science

Navigating the surfeit of guitars available at your local music shop or online retailer can be a daunting experience. The sheer number of models, shapes and sizes is confusing. However, there might be a way to simplify the experience with [...] more >>

March 14th, 2018 | Tags:
On The Stradivarius Myth

In 2011, the Stradivarius violin known as the “Lady Blunt” sold for $15.9 million—four times the amount for any previous Stradivarius. The hefty price tag for these instruments is commensurate with their reputation. The Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti, who plays [...] more >>

March 9th, 2018 | Tags:
Is A Stradivarius Violin Easier To Hear? Science Says Nope

Another day, another study undercutting the myth surrounding the 18th-century Italian violin maker Antonio Stradivari.

January 17th, 2018 | Tags: ,