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Science Week: how music works, groundbreaking music tech, and why are my ears ringing?

Editorial Staff

Next week, CBC Music is going boldly into the area where science and music collide, and presenting our first-ever Science Week!

Over the course of the week, we will answer questions about how music works, including:

- Can an opera singer break a glass?
- Can sound physically knock someone over?
- Why do some sounds, like nails on a blackboard, cause pain?
- Why do our ears ring after a loud concert?
- How does bass make objects move?
- How does the human voice work?
- How do horns make sound?
- Can music help plants grow?

We will look at the technological innovations that changed music, and bring you a playlist of songs by some of the world's leading scientists.

We'll find out how to design the perfect concert hall with one of the leaders in the field, and we'll check out top studies about science and music.

(Did you know that bass can make you feel more powerful? That teens who listen to songs that mention alcohol drink more? And that listening to classical music changes your genes?)

We'll also revisit the very best music and science interviews from CBC Radio One’s beloved science program, Quirks & Quarks, and much more.

Make sure to visit all week to get the latest.

Here are a couple of items to get you started:

How Music Works: why do my ears ring after a loud concert?

Listen to the mysterious sound that seems to change pitch without actually changing pitch

Also, for your listening pleasure, a musical refresher of all the elements in the periodic table: