Music; a Competitive Edge.

Do you use music during a workout? Before a game? An exam? If you do, you are not alone, if you don’t then you should. Different genres of music generate different reactions in us. Some force focus, some make us move and some increase adrenaline. Which is why music is such a vital part to…

What is Spotify Connect?

What is Spotify Connect? Spotify has a tonne of features, though some of the fancier ones, such as Spotify Connect, are limited to users who pay up. Spotify Connect is a relatively new feature (or rather a new button in the Spotify app) that enables you to play tunes from Spotify’s catalogue – but through Wi-Fi-connected speakers, TVs, laptops, and other…

Internet Radio

Internet Radio: Broadcasting on the World Wide Web From the 1920s to the early 1990s, the only way to listen to radio shows was to tune your radio in to whatever was being broadcast in the air around you. Your radio would receive a signal being transmitted through the atmosphere from a large broadcasting tower…

A History of Headphones

The History of Headphones We often take the process of evolution for granted. It is in everything, ourselves as a race and individuals included. Everything on this Earth has evolved from something, a tree from a seed, an empire from an idea, a headphone from arm strain. By 1881, speakers had been around for some…

Why do we dance to music?

Every time that I listen to a piece of music that I love, I tend to imagine how I would dance to it, the sequence of steps that I would do, even if in real life I cannot perform them. For me, dancing is freedom, it is an expression of what you are feeling when…

Sound Pressure & Volume

Sound Pressure and Volume The human ear hears pressure – not volume. The difference between the two is that the closer to the source of the sound you are, the more pressure you will hear, and conversely the further away you get from the source of sound, the lower the pressure. As you increase the…

What do you want from music?

What do you want out of music? We listen to it daily, but why? What is it that we’re really looking for in it? For me, I want music to accompany me. It should provide comfort, cheer, hope, fear and every other emotion when I need it, and it does, every time. Music evokes the…

Wireless: Choosing the System for You

What you need to know about wireless speakers, and how to choose the system that suits you best. Selecting a new speaker system to purchase has become an increasingly complex and sometimes confusing process. There are a lot of decisions to me made when it comes to finding the right combination of features and connectivity….

The Tinnitus Effect

It’s easy these days to get lost in music. A lot of us use it as an opportunity to drown out the noises that surround us. Regardless of what the sounds around us are, be it construction work, an annoying co-worker, the voices in your head even, we often seek refuge in the bliss of music….

Musician Spotlight: Tennyson

Luke and Tess Pretty, otherwise known as Tennyson, are a brother and sister electronic music duo from Edmonton, Canada. Since 2012, Luke has been producing electronic music with a unique and earthy tone, comparable to Boards of Canada, met with a complex flair of digitised jazz. Tess on the other hand, being a talented drummer…

The Mozart Effect – Music & Pregnancy

Music is life. It can make you feel happy and relaxed as well as it can remind you of the different stages or moments in your life. One of the greatest moments in the life of a woman is when they give birth to their children. It is such a special moment! But it is…

Dynamic Music Composition

What is Dynamic Music Composition? Try watching a film with the sound switched off. Not only will you have no clue what anyone’s saying (unless you’re a talented lip-reader), but so much of the impactful emotional content is lost. You can watch the introduction to “Saving Private Ryan” and experience the visceral brutality of war…