Posts filed under “Weekend”

Audio-Psychology: Why We Listen to Songs on Repeat

One of my favorite Sci-Fi books from my teen years was Alfred Bester’s 1953 novel, The Demolished Man. (It was the first Hugo Award winner). In Bester’s vision of the Future, telepathy is common, and the main character uses earworms — Pop tunes specifically developed to be an addictive, catchy, irritating nuisance to block out other telepaths from reading his mind.

I thought of that book as I read this article from Music.Mic:

Why, when there are hundreds of thousands of songs released each year, do we choose to listen to the same ones over and over? The reason may be rooted in science.

“Musical repetition gets us mentally imagining or singing through the bit we expect to come next,” professor Elizabeth Margulis, author of the recent On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind, noted in an interview with Mic. “A sense of shared subjectivity with the music can arise. In descriptions of their most intense experiences of music, people often talk about a sense that the boundary between the music and themselves has dissolved.”

You play songs on repeat, then, because it feels as if you’re singing it. It’s that sense of anticipation that happens in the listener, what Margulis calls “virtual participation.” It’s a similar participation to something that follows a narrative structure, like reading a book or watching a movie over again. It’s similar to as if you were creating the music with your mind — as if it were a part of you.
-The Science Behind Why We Listen to Our Favorite Songs on Repeat

The science of earworms has been perfected, so the industry can build pop songs that get stuck in your head. Check out the current top of the charts, “All About That Bass”


Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass


The Science Behind Why We Listen to Our Favorite Songs on RepeatMusic.Mic

See also:
On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind December 9, 2013 by Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

Get that tune out of your head – scientists find how to get rid of earworms (The Telegraph)

Earworms: Why catchy tunes get trapped in our heads (BBC)

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Psychology, Weekend

1966 Jaguar E-type 4.2 Litre FHC series 1

Source: Classic Driver

This little beauty is for sale:  Chassis number 1E32930 – matching numbers and factory original colours. Colour black with a black leather interior.

This stunning Jaguar E-type was sold new in Santa Barbara, California, USA. In the year 1995 the automobile was imported to the Netherlands. The then owner (board member of the Dutch Jaguar Club) enjoyed the very good car for five years before the decision was made to start a full ‘body off’ restoration to the highest possible level of perfection. The restoration was carried out by the best professionals in their field of specialism. The restoration took twelve years and 5612 hours to be completed.

Called by the auctioneer “by far the most beautifully restored Jaguar E-type we ever saw” expected prices for this will be in the 100s of 1000s of dollars. The automobile was featured in the Dutch version of Octane Magazine, December 2013.



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Category: Weekend

Abbey Road Turns 45

Billboard has published a track by track review of all of the songs on Abbey Road. They set the table as to what was going after the frenzy of the prior decade led to the band imploding: “On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles‘ Abbey Road entered the world and closed the…Read More

Category: Music, Weekend

1949 Bristol 402

I see lots of future cars deriving their design ethos from the design cures and lines of the Bristol: Note the BMW like kidney grill, Bentley like headlight configuration, Porsche Speedster rear:


From Classic Driver:

In 1949 Jean Simmons and Stewart Granger were two of the worlds biggest film stars. So close were the British couple (who married a year later in America in a ceremony organised by Howard Hughes) that they happily decided to buy identical cars. They chose a pair of Bristol 402 Convertibles, bought from surrey car dealer (and later owner of Bristol) Tony Crook, with Number plates NPF1 and NPF2. Only 24 convertible 402′s were built, and fewer than half remain today. The splendid example we have for sale is Jean Simmons personal car which she drove in England until she left for an even more high-profile in Hollywood.


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Category: Weekend

2016 Mercedes GT: 911 Fighter


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100 Most Iconic Shots In Movie History

What if we asked you to pause your favorite movie at your absolute favorite moment, could you pick the best shot ever? Neither could we, so here are 100 of ‘em. Sit back, relax and enjoy this stroll down awesome-movie-moments lane with the most iconic shots of all time. How many movies can you recognize…Read More

Category: Film, Weekend

5 Most Powerful Cars on the Planet by HP

When it comes to high performance supercars, power is just as important as speed. Bloomberg Ranx looks at the five most powerful cars on the planet. Source: Bloomberg

Category: Weekend

Welcome to the Laniakea Supercluster

Superclusters – regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies – are the biggest structures in the Universe. But scientists have struggled to define exactly where one supercluster ends and another begins. Now, a team based in Hawaii has come up with a new technique that maps the Universe according to the flow of…Read More

Category: Science, Weekend

Persians of Interest

Jon Stewart wasn’t looking to direct a movie, he says, but when Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was arrested just days after appearing on The Daily Show, Stewart became involved in the story that would lead to his directorial debut. Rosewater, adapted by Stewart from Bahari’s memoir, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of…Read More

Category: Film, Weekend

30 Years of Music Industry Change

Source: Digital Music News

Category: Consumer Spending, Digital Media, Music, Weekend