Anyone who’s heard the “duh-duh-duh-DUH” of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 will recognize the mockingbird’s pitch morphing technique. PHOTOGRAPH: KEVIN ELSBY/ALAMY The birds aren’t producing sounds at random. Some of their strategies are surprisingly similar to ones used by humans. WHAT DO THE remarkably complex songs of the mockingbird have in common […]

Bringing neuroscience out of the laboratory and into the concert hall. We all know that moment when we’re in the car, at a concert or even sitting on our sofa and one of our favorite songs is played. It’s the one that has that reallygood chord in it, flooding your system […]

Why is it that people find songs such as James Taylor’s “Country Roads,” UB40’s “Red, Red Wine,” or The Beatles’ “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” so irresistibly enjoyable? In a recently published study researchers analyze 80,000 chords in 745 classic U.S. Billboard pop songs—including those three—and find that musical pleasure comes from the […]