Rhythm on the brain, and why we can’t stop dancing

Music and dance are far from idle pastimes. They are universal forms of expression and deeply rewarding activities that fulfil diverse social functions. Both feature in all the world’s cultures and throughout history. A common feature of music and dance [...] more >>

by Peter Keller | August 28th, 2018
When girls are in the audience, choir boys sing for attention

The St. Thomas Choir is an internationally renowned boys choir from Leipzig in Germany. Singing in the choir is a selfless pursuit requiring artistry and discipline. Or is it? New research suggests all it takes to elicit surreptitious attention-seeking vocal [...] more >>

by Peter Keller | August 21st, 2018
Music as Communication Across All Levels – An Interview with Peter Keller

When playing in an ensemble, are you in a world of your own or do you create strong perceptive links with your fellow players? It is this world of the imperceptible that Professor Peter Keller of the Western Sydney University [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | July 31st, 2018
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