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Media > The Self-Playing Violins That Mastered Chopin
July 13th, 2018

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

Media > Power of the Mind: You Can Play This Instrument Using Just Your Thoughts
May 23rd, 2018

standard 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.

Media > Are Catgut Instrument Strings Really Made From Cat Guts? The Answer Might Surprise You
May 18th, 2018

standard 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 >>

Media > How to Choose the Best Guitar, 15 Factors to Consider According to Science
March 14th, 2018

standard 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 >>

Media > On The Stradivarius Myth
March 9th, 2018

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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 >>

Media > Is A Stradivarius Violin Easier To Hear? Science Says Nope
January 17th, 2018

standard 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.

Media > Meet the encephalophone: An instrument you can play with your mind, just by thinking
December 1st, 2017

standard Meet the encephalophone: An instrument you can play with your mind, just by thinking

This is your brain on music: Neurologists, composers and tech-geeks at the University of Washington’s DXARTS program study music and the mind — including the encephalophone, a new instrument you can play without moving a muscle.

Media > The Brilliance of a Stradivari Violin Might Rest Within Its Wood
July 28th, 2017

standard 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.