Canary song ‘syntax’ reveals hidden brain states

Tiny, head-mounted microscopes provide a window into how short-term memory allows canaries to belt out complex, sentence-like songs.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: birds memory neurons brains science-and-technology languages singing

Canary song ‘syntax’ reveals hidden brain states

Tiny, head-mounted microscopes provide a window into how short-term memory allows canaries to belt out complex, sentence-like songs.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: birds memory neurons brains science-and-technology languages singing

Team cracks the mystery of two-tone throat singing

Throat singing produces two tones at the same time—a low rumble and a high whistle-like tone. Now researchers know how it works.

U. Arizona • futurity
March 16, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: music science-and-technology sounds singing throats

A cappella shows why the brain splits music and speech

Researchers have used 100 recordings of a cappella singing to better understand why the brain decodes music and speech in separate hemispheres.

McGill University • futurity
Feb. 28, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: music speech brains science-and-technology sounds singing

Singer-songwriter robot is heading out on tour

Shimon, a singer-songwriter robot, will drop its album on Spotify later in the year. You can listen to Shimon's first single, "Into Your Mind," now.

Joshua Stewart-Georgia Tech • futurity
Feb. 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: machine-learning music robots featured science-and-technology singing

Sleep is key for zebra finches learning to sing

Sleep may allow birds learning to sing to remember the useful things they learned during the day, and forget what's not important.

U. Zurich • futurity
Jan. 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: birds memory sleep brains learning science-and-technology singing motor-skills

Singing in your head could mess up your pitch

How you mentally prepare to sing could be throwing off your pitch when you open your mouth.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
March 15, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: music hearing muscles science-and-technology singing voices

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