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skullmsuic-feature Songs That Loop Endlessly. Forever. And Ever.

In our podcast episode “A Musical Time Machine for the Brain,” I asked listeners to share any musical compositions that looped back on themselves, essentially becoming endless. I asked, because I couldn’t think of any examples of this, no matter

torsoinmetal-feature Art Spotlight: Jacob Epstein’s ‘Torso in Metal’

Let’s take a moment to consider the stark metallic humanoid of Jacob Epstein’s ‘Torso in Metal.’ Epstein (1880-1959) made his name in the art world through the creation of stark, controversial modern sculptures. This piece is particularly interesting since it

rubberfunk-Small Dr. Rubberfunk Talks Halloween Mixes and Music

Each year I highlight Halloween Mixes to Combat Decision Fatigue, because there’s no sense wasting precious brain power on a playlist when talented folk like Dr. Rubberfunk are already on the case. The good Dr. Rubberfunk (AKA Simon Ward) gave

subtemple-II-image-feature Chris Gladwin Discusses The Wyrding Module

If you tuned in to our episode “The Science of Uncanny Music,” you sampled some sinister sounds and thought-provoking insight from musician Chris Gladwin. As promised, here’s a complete interview with the man behind The Wyrding Module. Be sure to

Nurse-With-Wound 11 Uncanny, Dark and Disturbing Tracks

As today’s episode explores the science of uncanny, scary and overall creepy music, I thought I’d share some of my favorite tracks with you. Be sure to check out the podcast episode and be on the look out that Wyrding

© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS This is Your Brain Deciding to Buy an Album

Whether streaming an upcoming album off All Songs Considered or listening to a preview on iTunes, we all come to that pivotal moment where we decide whether to purchase it. What was going on my brain this week when I

Originally, all Xmas music came from an elephant's nose hose. (Central Press/Getty) Christmas Mixes To Combat Decision Fatigue

What holiday coffee should I order? What gifts should I buy? What holiday treats should I bake? All those little choices add up, depleting your ego and leaving you incapable of tackling bigger problems in your life. It’s called Decision

More Halloween Mixes To Combat Decision Fatigue

If you’re throwing a Halloween shindig this year, you know the anguish that comes with putting together a spectacular playlist. Is “Monster Mash” too lame? Is “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” kosher with my converging friend groups? Decisions, decisions, decisions. And of

Blow Your Mind: The Sound Aquatic

Underwater operas? Submerged speaker systems? Mysterious deep sea noises and the monsters who make them? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and explore the rich world of underwater sound. First up, here’s the article on pool

Does dubstep suck?

So HowStuffWorks has a new article titled “How Dubstep Works,” which summoned a number of likes on the HowStuffWorks Facebook page, but also some much-expected dubstep hatred in the comments section. That’s sort of how it goes with dubstep, an

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