I saw Júníus Meyvant perform twice at Eurosonic 2015 and I must say I was completely blown away by his beautiful songs, amazing band and most of all his soulful voice. Unfortunately, he only has released one single so far, so we’ll have to play that one on repeat until his full-length album comes out.
How does a single atom sound? We don’t know (yet), but Researchers at Columbia University and Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology managed to capture a single phonon, the sound an atom makes when is excited.
Phonons might actually be interesting in the field of quantum computing, because they move much slower than photons and, therefore, are easier to manipulate.
In comparison to photons, phonons have several striking features. Their speed of propagation is around 10^5 times lower, and their wavelength at a given frequency correspondingly shorter,” the researchers wrote in Science. “The slow speed means that qubits can be tuned much faster [than photons] … this enables new dynamic schemes for trapping and processing quanta.
During Halloween in Indianapolis, the Acoustical Society of America held a special session titled “Acoustic Trick-or-Treat: Eerie Noises, Spooky Speech, and Creative Masking.” One of the talks in this session was by Miriam Kolar of Amherst College, and she talked about the special acoustics in a 3000-year-old ceremonial center, known as Chavín de Huántar, in the Peruvian Andes. The acoustic phenomena observed at the site might have been interpreted as an embodiment of the instruments played during ceromonies or an intervention by a higher power. Read the full article at Physics Today or visit the project’s website.
In this keynote at the Face the Music Conference in Melbourne, famous recording engineer Steve Albini discusses the current state of the music industry, and how he believes recent developments are actually good for music (read: bands and fans). Interesting stuff!
If you don’t feel like watching the movie, The Guardian has a full transcript of his presentation for you to read.
I really like Ryan Adams’ latest, self-titled album. The sound is great, the songwriting is suburb and Ryan Adams himself is on fire. Watch him perform ‘Stay with me’ live in a Spotify session, or listen to the session in its entirely on Spotify:
Some time ago I attended Rolf Hut‘s lectures at the ‘Universiteit van Nederland’. He discusses multiple physics topics, such as acoustics, water management and data sampling, all at a level understandable to most people. Here’s part 1, you will find the other four episodes on this Youtube channel.