Is noise always bad?

Once I thought that silent could be the better solution for developing our creativity. Nothing could be more wrong. Since some years I’m proposing, during my lessons, several hearing situations at very low intensity: overtone singing, noises, high frequencies, ambient music. Sounds good. But not enough. Reading this article on The University of Chicago Press talking about a research (from The Journal of Consumer Research) on this matter, I know I have to change something:

Is noise always bad? Exploring the Effects of Ambient Noise on Creative Cognition

Read here.

Singing is good for health

Stile Antico Ensemble
Stile Antico Ensemble

People singing in a choir or in a vocal ensemble well know that there is a relation between inner sensations and body reactions. Björn Vickhoff, a swedish researcher of the Center for Brain Repair and Rehabilitation – Göteborg University, studied this singing aspect conducting some experiments and publishing a research on the Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience journal; he shown the ratio among melodies, rhythm and heart activity. Specifically when a vocal ensemble sings the same melody in unison, the pulse rates of the vocalists speed up and slow down at the same rate.

I suggest to read this article.

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ABA – sound opportunities

I think I’ll almost ask to take part. I have some ideas to propose.

Ladies and gentlemen,

 We would like to remind you of the Call for Papers with the broad topic Sound Opportunities. Fields of research are audio branding, new media, sound design, product development and multimodal interaction. Submission deadline is August 30th. Papers and posters will be presented at the Audio Branding Congress in Moscow on November, 28th. Find more information about the call here.

 The call is also available as pdf here.
Please forward this call to everybody who might be interested. Thank you!
Best regards
( ( ( ABA ) ) )

( ( ( ABA ) ) ) Audio Branding Academy
Barnerstraße 61
22765 Hamburg
Tel: +49 (1573) 1638376
info@audio-branding-academy.org
www.audio-branding-academy.org

NanoStudio

NanoStudio is a nice synth software, free for OSX and WINDOWS; there is a paid version for iOS.
I suggest to look at this video showing some features about the iOS version:

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It’s true, on touch-screen NanoStudio offers more flexibility, but I tried it on Lion – it runs very well – and after a little bit practice I could obtain good results.
On YouTube you can find more videos about it, in italian language too, meanwhile this is a playlist:

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Here for the downloading page: www.blipinteractive.co.uk
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Guitar Rig 5 Player Free

Native Instruments Guitar Rig is a modular effects processor for guitar and bass (and for vocalists, in my opinion). The Player version is free. Its modular and expandable features are very nice, you can choose among about 30 free presets – you can buy more for adding effects, but the default ones are more than enough – each of them editable by:

  • adding one or more components (filters, delays, compressors, …)
  • deleting one or more components
  • changing their sequence

I tried it on mac using guitar and my voice, it plays really good. On this site you can find clear explanations and the downloading page. Pay attention, the whole procedure is a little bit intricate, follow steps exactly.

I suggest this software for geeks.

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Ne.ws

Dopo quasi due anni di assenza il sito torna online con qualche ritocco grafico, qualche pagina e widget in più e una playlist, nascosta da qualche parte.

After 2 years, a new look and more features, including a hidden playlist. Find it.

Buona navigazione.

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New Ning plan

Is the Ning platform demented? I don’t know, but I think, thanks to its new commercial/profit strategy, many Ning creators (like me) will close their networks. I’ll wait for other news but… what a pity.

It was a good platform.

An emotion detector for baby

An interesting project by a japanese team. It could be possible to codify and to interpret the emotional state of babies analyzing power spectrum and pitch of their crying.

From eurekalert:

Baby monitors of the future could translate infant cries, so that parents will know for certain whether their child is sleepy, hungry, needing a change, or in pain. Japanese scientists report details of a statistical computer program that can analyze a baby’s crying in the International Journal of Biometrics.

As any new parent knows, babies have a very loud method of revealing their emotional state – crying. Unfortunately, the parenting handbook does not offer guidance on how to determine what the crying means. Parents sometimes learn with experience that their child’s cries may be slightly different depending on their cause, whether hunger or discomfort… Continue reading An emotion detector for baby

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