Science of Music (01:20)
Dara O'Briain introduces expert panelists on Science Club and outlines the topic of how music affects our brain.
Human Musical Experience (02:13)
Panelists explain the universal role of organized sound in cultures.
History of Music (02:27)
Learn how music has been played throughout human history, from caveman flutes to 19th century recording technology.
Music in Society (01:52)
Panelists discuss the unifying role of music and the importance of acoustics in a concert space.
Musical Instrument Engineering (06:25)
Mark Miodownik takes apart an electric guitar and an amp to illustrate how magnets create sound waves amplified through vacuum tubes. Learn the importance of materials in producing sound.
Music Recognition (02:39)
Our brains are adept at quickly identifying familiar songs. Panelists name artists after hearing short intros.
Rhythm Therapy (02:13)
Tali Sharot investigates the healing power of music in New York. A Parkinson's disease patient discusses how it's helped improve her movement.
Music Cognition (01:32)
Brain scans show motor responses to rhythms in immobile test subjects—suggesting sound can overcome nerve damage in Parkinson's patients.
Beat Induction (03:11)
The brain "predicts" the next beat in a rhythm—a function we are likely born with. Learn why the unique human trait is useful for social communication.
Aging and Hearing Loss (02:30)
Audience members participate in a demonstration of our ability to detect high sound wave frequencies based on age.
Physical Sound Wave Effects (02:07)
Miodownik vibrates a wine glass at its resonant frequency until it breaks.
Emotions of Music (03:39)
A music psychologist measures James May's involuntary reactions to an unfamiliar music piece. Learn how we respond to acoustic events and associate tones with positive or negative feelings.
Musical Pleasure (04:31)
Scans show May's brain reacting in dopamine producing areas as a response to his favorite music, illustrating its emotional attraction.
Music for Driving (02:00)
May discusses his "Top Gear" soundtrack selection.
Listening Technology (01:08)
Learn how music consumption capacity has increased from vinyl records to mP3 players.
Computerized Music (02:23)
Learn how synthesizers have revolutionized music production. Alok Jha tests an automatic tuning program’s ability to improve his off-key singing.
Artificial Intelligence Music (02:48)
A U.K. researcher is developing a computer program to compose pieces and express them in a human way—raising fundamental questions of artistic creativity.
Music Technology Debate (01:59)
Jha discusses the emotional appeal of human produced music. Hear a computer generated piece juxtaposed with one written by a person.
Computer Generated Instrument (01:25)
O'Briain plays a penny whistle produced by a 3-D printer and concludes the show by thanking panelists.
Credits: Music: Dara O'Briain's Science Club (Series 1) (00:32)
Credits: Music: Dara O'Briain's Science Club (Series 1)
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