Musician Spotlight: Ellie Goulding

English singer, song writer and record producer, Ellie Goulding, has become an embodiment of the English music scene with 66 nominations and 17 awards won. Lights (2010), Halcyon (2012) and Delirium (2015) can be found in her discography, where you can enjoy the sound of her unique and original voice, a light-lyric soprano that spans…

Bluetooth vs WiFi

Bluetooth and WiFi are both standards used with radio waves at ultra-high frequencies, capable of transmitting information over short distances with no need for a physical connection. They are very similar technologies, when it comes down to the physics, however their uses vary. Bluetooth Bluetooth is most often used when portability and simplicity is important….

What is a Sonic Boom?

‘Sonic Boom’ is the sound associated with the shock waves created by an object travelling through air faster than the speed of sound. Perhaps the easiest way to visualize what is happening is to look at an object moving through a more viscous material than air – let’s use water for our example. As an…

Artificial Intelligence for Music

Artificial Intelligence is a computer program designed to think for itself, or learn from information fed to it. We can then use this program to create new material based on what it has learned. AI is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s technology industry. It allows greater automation of complex tasks, and allows technology…

Musician Spotlight: Ed Sheeran

Do you recognize the song titles “Shape of you” or “Castle on the hill”? If so, it is because you are already a fan of Edward Christopher Sheeran, most commonly known as Ed Sheeran, or because you are a music lover.

Harmonics in sound

Frequency Facts As you know, all sound can be represented by a wave. Waves have a property called ‘Frequency’ which determines how high or low the pitch of the sound is. Generally, the human ear can hear sound that ranges from 20Hz (Hertz) all the way up to 20kHz (20,000Hz). Most sounds you hear are…

The Piano

The notes and sounds made by a piano are the result of strings vibrating. The strings vibrate when they are hit by a hammer within the piano. The piano has 88 keys all of which play a different note. Multiple keys can be played at the same time to create chords and harmonies. What happens…

Phase Cancellation 1+-1=0

Warning! This one is going to be a little maths-y and a little science-y! Don’t worry though, it’s a lot simpler than you expect. HOW CAN WE DESCRIBE SOUND? Sound waves have a set of complex characteristics that determine what they sound like. However, the only two we need to know for now are Frequency,…

Decibels; The Power of Sound

What we perceive as sound is longitudinal oscillations of pressure waves travelling through the air and the decibel rating of the sound is dictated by the how big those waves are – their amplitude. Decibels are logarithmic so the decibel scale can seem confusing at first, but if we consider the sound of a jet…

How Music Helps Plants Grow

Have you ever wondered if plants have feelings or if they can feel pain? Someone who is skeptical would say this is ridiculous. Despite this, there are several studies that show plants may in fact respond, like most human beings, to sound. The study that proved most interesting was by Sir Jagadis Chandra Bose, an…

Music Therapy

There are many healers on this Earth. We tend to sway towards mass made big pharma products over those that are freely, and naturally available to us. But actually the Earth is abundant with natural remedies and medicines and they don’t always take the forms that you might expect. Music, is a healer. A proven…

How Speaker Material Affects Your Sound

Which material is best when making a speaker? Making speakers that sound exceptional and retain stable performance is a mixture of art and science. When shopping around for speakers, you are sure to find all kinds of materials used to make the enclosure (the part that holds it all together). While many modern speakers are…