Sounding Cosmology with Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

The British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking published his Brief History of Time in 1988. Overnight, it turned him into a best-selling author, and into an unmistakable figure in pop culture. The reason he decided to put his groundbreaking research [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 24th, 2018
Helen Keller: A Great Lover of Music

Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbria, Alabama, in the summer of 1880. Nineteen months later, she fell ill (likely with scarlet fever or meningitis) and became deaf and blind.

by Emily E. Hogstad | November 21st, 2017
Music and Madness

Some of the most celebrated scenes depicting madness of the mind can be found in nineteenth century opera. For example, Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti’s depiction of psychosis in Anna Bolena and Lucia di Lammermoor are still considered to be some [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | August 28th, 2017
Music, Medicine and Happiness

Did you ever wonder why the Chinese character for Music (“樂”) shares the exact same character for happiness (“樂”), and why the Chinese character for medicine (“藥”) is simply the same character with the symbol for plants placed on top? [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | January 28th, 2017
Kiss My Ass

The contents of this passage may be difficult for some classical music fans to accept. Once hailed as Time magazine’s top ten cultural figures of the millennium, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) should perhaps also be known as one of the [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | April 24th, 2016
Music in the Mind

Cheryl had lost most of her hearing abilities by her late 60s. Her hearing had deteriorated so much that she could barely hear people on the phone, and her partners playing bridge together would have to repeat their bids extra [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | May 30th, 2015
The Power of Silence

To the city dwellers of Hong Kong, noise has always been, and always will be, an inescapable part of life. If you have ever experienced living here, you will understand just how difficult it is to find a quiet place [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | July 10th, 2014
Nature’s Song

Mozart’s Divertimento K522 (also nicknamed ‘A Musical Joke’) is said to be inspired from his pet bird, a starling. The awkwardness of the piece is said to mimic the way starlings whistle off-key. Likewise, Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony incorporates the song [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | May 10th, 2014