A short introduction to The So Strangely Podcast on recent research in Music Science.
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The So Strangely Podcast is produced by Finn Upham, 2018.
Closing music includes a sample of Diana Deutsch’s speech-song illusion sound demo 1.
One of the most famous examples of music science research was the discovery of the Speech-Song Illusion by Diana Deutsch. Turns out that looping a short clip of someone talking, playing the same exact utterance over and over, changes how we processing the sound. What is initially perceived as a simple excerpt of speech becomes a rhythmic, melodic song.
Deutsch first demonstrated this with a clip of her own speech from the sentence:
“The sounds as they appear to you are not only different from those that are really present, but they sometimes behave so strangely as to seem quite impossible.”
She looped the phrase “sometimes behave so strangely” in several clever experiments.
In the years since, “Sometimes behave so strangely” has become a catch phrase in music cognition, and many people no longer need an audio reference to recall this curious and persistent effect.
And beside some famous words, this podcast is called “So Strangely” because music science research often behaves in unexpected ways.
Hello and welcome to the So Strangely Podcast, a new podcast on recent research in Music Science.
What is music science? That is a good question. Its the array of empirically motivated work on the stuff of music, or so we are defining it.
- Neuroscience of embodied perception? Sure.
- Corpus studies of chord progressions? Yup.
- Listeners subjective experiences of concert performances? Of course.
- Music pedagogy? Yes!
- Automatic chord detection? I should hope so.
- Origins of music? Definitely.
I’m Finn, host and producer, but the programming of this podcast isn’t just up to me. So Strangely will be sharing work that other music academics recommend, recent publications they want their peers to hear about.
Every episode, I’ll have another music academic on as a co-host to interview the lead researcher on a recently published project. My co-host is here to talk inside baseball, get into the nitty-gritty of the research as an expert. I’ll be there to help translate for those of us in adjacent disciplines.
Because here is the thing: music science is so interdisciplinary, we often have trouble keeping track of what’s going on in other areas. It can even be a struggle to understand what this other group of academics are so excited about. With this two pronged approach, So Strangely will try to bridge those gaps and helps us within the broader music science research community follow and appreciate what’s new next door.
Here is the warning: this podcast is pitched for people into music and science, not for the general population. We won’t be explaining scales every episode, or breaking down the basics of the experimental method. You don’t need a PhD to follow (I mean, I don’t have a PhD… yet) but some prior contact with music science research will help.
And if there is a recent publication you want more people to know about and you are interested in being on the show, pitch it to us!
Full episodes are in the works, with recordings and scheduling and editing underway. For now, follow us on twitter, and check back soon so you don’t miss out how music science research sometimes behaves so strangely.