After South African scientists sounded the alarm about the new omicron variant, countries around the world closed their borders.
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What is musicology and why is it important?
A muezzin calling Muslims to prayer stands on the minaret of the Gazi Husrev-beg mosque in Sarajevo.
Listening more deeply to what makes sounds meaningful for people within their respective contexts matters in an era of rising expressions of racism in the pandemic.
Learning how we respond to rhythm can lead to therapeutic applications.
Why and how do we groove? Researchers are investigating how we respond to music, with applications for therapy.
First page of Liszt's opera Sardanapalo, GSA 60 / N4. Photo © Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Should unfinished art remain so?
Could music one day be something we experience through augmented reality, responding to the way we move through the world? Sound supplemented with colours and shapes?
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Today, we're hearing about a researcher who records birdsong, how tech changes music and why song might help address Indigenous language loss.
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Most people have strong opinions on what makes a song good or bad. But is anyone actually right?
My investigations have generated stunning insights into how the ancient Greeks made music.
Singing increases breathing control and lung capacity, can improve your health, and release the happy hormone.
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Almost anyone can be taught how to sing.
Partial to Jeff Buckley? You’re probably an empathiser…
Carmen’s rhythms set her body in perpetual motion – contagious and seductive.
Nancy Fabiola Herrera as Carmen & the Opera Australia Chorus, photo: Branco Gaica
The fictional character of Carmen – the heroine of Bizet’s opera – attracts a range of labels which variously position her as seductress, femme fatale, sex addict, fate/ death obsessed, victim, liberated…