Scientists Translated Spider's Web Into MusicThese scientists never run out of new ideas, huh!Spider's Canvas is an interactive musical instrument that was derived from the three-dimensional structure of a spider’s web and translated into music. This project was a result of a collaboration between scientists and artist Tomás Saraceno. The researchers behind the instrument now refined and built a new interactive virtual reality feature that allows people to interact with the web. "The spider lives in an environment of vibrating strings," engineer Markus Buehler of MIT explained in 2021. "They don't see very well, so they sense their world through vibrations, which have different frequencies."Image credit: Torbjørn Helgesen#music #spider #science #research #SpidersCanvas
Dewey Decimal and the Librarians Was an Actual Band​Weird Universe shares these amazing images of an album cover for a band that seems too good to be true.Well, as a librarian, I have to be fascinated by a band that carries a theme of a profession (incorrectly) not known for its wild lifestyle. And as a librarian, I had to verify that this band was real.
The Circular Musical Notation of George Crumb​George Crumb is a Pulitzer and Grammy Award-winning composer known for his experimental pieces. In a 2006 blog post, writer and consultant Andrew Hearst describes buying sheet music from Crumb’s Makrokosmos Volume collection for the piano. The image above is from the composition titled “Twin Suns”. Crumb’s sheet music is designed in a circular fashion.​Here’s a video recording of a 2016 performance of the piece by Kyle Shaw. If I correctly understand the construction of a grand piano, Shaw is pressing down on the pins as part of Crumb’s composition. What a novel approach!-via Nag on the Lake#piano #sheetmusic #GeorgeCrumb #music
Jairus Rhoades, 17-year-old from Hawaii, Took the Top Prize Aloha International Piano Festival With a 12-Minute Performance of Rachmaninoff Piano prodigy Jairus Rhoades wowed musicians and judges at the Aloha International Piano Festival with his twelve-minute performance of Rachmaninoff. His act won the top prize for the young artist bracket of the competition.The 17-year-old competed against older pianists, including musicians who train at Juilliard and the New England Conservatory of Music. As to why Rhoades was placed in a higher category, the young pianist already won the high school division, so he had no choice but to compete with conservatory students. With his stunning performance, it seems that neither age nor school affiliation mattered at all!#Piano #Music #AlohaInternationalPianoFestival #JairusRhoades #Rachmaninoff image credit: Jairus Rhoades via Hawaii News Now
AI Completed Beethoven's Tenth SymphonyMusic historians, musicologists, composers, and computer scientists teamed up to finish Ludwig van Beethoven’s unfinished 10th symphony. The musician only left behind some musical sketches upon his death in 1827. The team worked on finishing the symphony with the use of artificial intelligence. Scientists at the creative AI startup Playform AI taught a machine on Beethoven’s entire work and his creative process. This was done to ensure that the machine could be trained enough to generate a finished 10th symphony. The entire process took almost two years to successfully present a completed Beethoven symphony for the world to hear. Check out our Neatorama article on the matter here! Image credit: Circe Denyer / CC 1.0 Universal#Music #LudwigvanBeethoven #Beethoven #10thSymphony #ArtificialIntelligence 
Musician Nate Mercereau Played Duets with Golden Gate Bridge's Ghostly HumLast year, engineers added new sidewalk railing slats on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. They replaced 12,000 wide slats with narrower ones to give the bridge a slimmer profile and made it safer during high winds.But the retrofit had an unexpected effect: because the engineers didn’t do acoustic testing of the new slats, they inadvertently turned the bridge into the world’s largest wind instrument. On particularly windy days, the bridge “sings” with a loud - and some say ghostly - hum.While the engineers tried to figure out the proper way to reduce the Golden Gate’s new and notorious hum, musician Nate Mercereau took this as an opportunity to play a duet with the bridge.“... the note the bridge makes seems to fluctuate depending on where you are standing,” Mercereau said to San Francisco Chronicle. “It plays four notes pretty solidly. There’s an A, B, and a G that warble together and create the ominous part of the sound, and then there’s a high C that holds it all together.”This inspired Mercereau’s latest project, titled “Duets / Golden Gate Bridge,” where he performed alongside the humming bridge.“It was an amazing project, but definitely had some unique challenges,” [sound engineer Zach Parkes] said. “A normal-size piano is difficult enough to record evenly and clearly, especially when it’s outside. How do you mike a 9,000-foot-long harp that requires 20 to 25 knots (of wind) to play?”Hear the amazing duet in Mercereau’s YouTube clip below:​
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, as Clapped and Foot Stomped by SchoolchildrenYou have never heard Beethoven's Fifth Symphony like this before!Music teacher Nelly Guilhemsans directed 185 students of Saint-Michel-Garicoits de Cambo school in the Basque region of southwest France to clap, finger snap and foot stomp to the tunes of Beethoven's Symphony No.5.#Beethoven #bodypercussion #music #clapping #fingersnap #footstompImage: Saint-Michel-Garicoits de Cambo schoolView the performance below: