While they're not exactly the originals, a pair of European men has set out to recreate the 24 violins in the orchestra that Louis XIV danced to in the late 17th and early 18th century. Unlike modern violins, they have a wide variety of sounds and styles.
A Northwestern University scientist wanted to see how the brains of people changed when they grew up listening equally to two distinctly different cultures of music, like rock and tango. So he commissioned a study, and found that, indeed, 'bimusical' experience leaves a lasting impact.
Scientists in the United Kingdom wanted to see how consumers and evolution influence music. So they took random bits of noise and asked people to rate them one to five, bad to good. The best were then mixed with each other and sent back out to be rated. After just a few generations, those random bits of noise had become actual music.
Radio Jarocho is giving a distinctly New York style to the son jarocho style of music that has emerged from the Mexican state of Veracruz. While the original son jarocho music is more emotional, emphasizing birds and rivers and flowers, the New York style takes those ideas and puts a big city spin on things.
Regina Spektor's anticipated new album, "What We Saw From the Cheap Seats" was released Tuesday. Spektor was born in Moscow and emigrated with her family to the Bronx when she was nine. She said her newest album carries old Russian influences.
Giorgos Germenis was one of 21 members of the Golden Dawn party, often associated with neo-Nazis and fascism, elected to the Greek Parliament. He's a member of a black metal band -- a type of music associated with dark, violent themes and satanism. He's not your typical politician.
As the music industry tries to find its way forward in a world of MP3 and iTunes, the computer programmers who were once associated with Napster and other products that the music industry blamed for its malaise are now being brought closer together. The industry hopes programmers can help reinvent the industry.
Kevin Barnes was an awkward teenager. He was a loner. But music changed his life. Not just any music, of course. The Rolling Stones' Under My Thumb, to be preise. While his music continues to evolve, the influence of the Stones is apparent.
Some doctors in Turkey are taking a musical approach to healing. The doctors at Memorial Hospital in Istanbul are performing live music for their patients. They say the healing power of music goes beyond psychological benefits, helping physiological problems as well.
Las Vegas teen Syretha Shirley won a contest for her song about using a debit card instead of a credit card and resisting pressure to buy expensive items.