Participants in a study on musical memory didn’t just say they remembered and loved the music that was popular in the early ’80s, when their parents were young. They also loved the music of the ’60s, which their grandparents may have been blasting while changing Mom’s diapers. And the 20-year-olds of today liked the older songs as much as the new stuff they listen to with peers. For real? “They would hear this music and say, ‘Oh yeah, that’s my parents’ music,’ with obvious fondness,” says Carol Lynne Krumhansl , the psychology professor at Cornell University who led the study. The study was published online in the journal Psychological Science. The scientists had been testing musical memory in an earlier study, and were surprised to find that college-age participants could identify older pop and rock songs just as quickly as the new stuff. Even more surprising, they liked the older stuff more. So the researchers decided to try to nail down what was happening, using clips from hits off Billboard lists from 1955 to 2009. Transcript More than 60 student volunteers (average age 20) listened to short clips of the top two pop and rock songs for each year. The researchers quizzed them on which songs they recognized, how much they liked them and their emotional responses.
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And sometimes obvious choices (like orange juice for breakfast) are the best ones. The Gun Club, ‘Mother of Earth’ The Gun Clubs album Miami is one of the best records ever made, and this song always conjures up images of a hot, dry, dusty Texas summer where nothing moves, and the air is unbelievably hot and still. The Verve, ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ In 2000 I was spending a lot of time in the UK, playing festivals and concerts, and somehow the weather in the UK was amazing (which, sadly, isnt often the case). I remember hearing this song over and over again at Glastonbury (in the car park, at Joe Strummers camp, on boomboxes, etc.), and it just seemed like the most perfect song for that perfect summer. Led Zeppelin, ‘Going to California’ Once again, is there anything better than Led Zeppelin on a perfect summer day? Once again, no, there isnt. The Doors, ‘The Crystal Ship’ I remember going on a date in L.A. years ago. It was the middle of summer, we drove up to Mulholland, sat in her pickup overlooking the valley, and this song came on the radio. It felt like gravity weakened. Everything on the planet started floating out to space a little bit. The Strokes, ‘Is This It’ wandering around New York City at 5:30 a.m on a summer morning after a long night out, and you hear this song as the sun is coming up, I can almost guarantee it will make perfect sense to you, and you will be happy. The Doors, ‘L.A. Woman’ Eh, what the hell, another Doors song.
From Katy Perry to Alice in Chains, the Best Music Videos of the Week
In fact, a lot about this seems like Mariah Carey, including backup dancers frolicking in New York wearing some distinctly ’90s getups. This isnt her first time on the best-music-videos list and hopefully its not the last. Capital Cities, “Kangaroo Court” This song has been around for a few weeks, but this video takes it to a whole new level. A poor zebra wants access to an exclusive club and decides to disguise himself as a more socially acceptable mustang to gain entry. It works and he gets the attention of a pretty poodle, but things quickly go awry, leading them all to a literal kangaroo court. Darren Criss of Glee guest stars in the video as the angry bulldog boyfriend of the poodle. When youre working on a show like Glee, you have lot of different crazy costumes and wardrobe and a lot of makeup things every now and then. I myself havent had any prosthetic animal makeup before. Im really excited about itI dont even want to take it off, said Criss. Swiss Lips, “Carolyn” Its a 16-bit race to save the girl! A tireless videogame hero chases the bad guys who kidnapped his dream girl around the world and even to the moon. Alas, she betrays him, but he manages to get away. The song is fabulous and the video is retro-fun, but thats not all. Viewers can actually play the game in the video at http://www.remixcarolyn.com. Dizzee Rascal feat.
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FORTUNE — Ministry of Sound, a British music label that issues compilation albums, is suing Spotify, claiming that the song-streamer is infringing on the label’s copyrights by allowing people to create and share playlists that mirror its albums. Are lists of particular songs copyrightable? Possibly. U.S. copyright law recognizes compilations, in fact. The Copyright Act says that the “collection and assembling of preexisting materials or of data that are selected in such a way that the resulting work as a whole constitutes an original work of authorship.” In other words, a particular list of songs in random or alphabetical order isn’t protected, but playlists are — or at least might be. The fact that users are assembling and sharing the playlists might change the equation in this case, as might the fact that online playlists aren’t necessarily the same as compilations issued on a physical medium. The whole issue highlights how the digitization and online distribution of media changes how we view such matters, and how intellectual-property laws written for the analogue era often don’t seem to make a lot of sense. If another label started issuing CDs mirroring the Ministry of Sound’s compilations, it seems unlikely that anyone would be surprised if Ministry of Sound sued. Still, from a non-legal standpoint, the suit seems rather petty. Crucially, the lawsuit has nothing to do with the songs themselves, which are all legitimately licensed to Spotify, but with the order and presentation of them.
Sony’s HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder helps your band break out of the garage, into YouTube
For now, get a closer look in the embedded galleries. Sony HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder Follow all of our IFA 2013 coverage by heading to our event hub ! From stage to web, the video camera lets artists shoot and share every performance with superb Full HD image quality and dynamic studio-quality sound. “Marrying Sony’s industry-leading audio and digital imaging technology, HDR-MV1 is the perfect video capture solution when audio is key,” said Hidenori Toyoda, director of the camcorder business at Sony Electronics. “With the web being a major hub for established and budding music talent, the camcorder’s ability to easily upload high quality content sets it apart from other devices.” UNPARALLELED AUDIO Ideal for band rehearsals, practice sessions and live gigs, Sony’s new camcorder records CD-quality audio in uncompressed Linear PCM or internet-ready AAC. The slim, portable MV1 music video recorder captures every detail of musical performances – from soloists and groups, to orchestras and bands – in rich audio with its 120-degree X-Y stereo microphone that can be tuned for clear, undistorted recordings. Adding versatility, external microphones or instruments can be directly connected to the device and there’s also a convenient speaker on-board so users can check their recordings instantly. FIRST CLASS VIDEO To complement its superior audio capabilities, the Music Video Recorder offers Full 1920×1080/30p HD video. Its back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor allows for a sharp picture even in dimly-lit clubs or recording studios. And the wide-angle 120-degree Carl Zeiss lens takes in the whole scene so no one in the band gets left out of the action, perfect for cramped rehearsal spaces as well as expansive stages. The HDR-MV1 camcorder features Audio Lip Sync to ensure that music stays precisely matched to the video playback, with no lag, and a vibrant 2.7″ color LCD to allow frame checking or adjusting.