We know music makes us move and triggers emotional responses, but how and why? What changes when we play music, rather than simply listen? In the latest episode of “Tech Effects,” Peter Rubin talks to researchers who have studied how learning to play music can help kids become better problem-solvers, and to author Dan Levitin, who helps break down how the entire brain gets involved when you hear music.
But today the hottest ticket in San Francisco classical music is around the corner at SoundBox, a new performance venue, launched by the Symphony in 2014, that has turned a decidedly unglamorous, acoustically dreadful building into a place designed to attract an entirely new audience to the symphony.
In the case of the Elbphilharmonie, Herzog and De Meuron used algorithms to generate a unique shape for each of the 10,000 gypsum fiber acoustic panels that line the auditorium’s walls like the interlocking pieces of a giant, undulating puzzle.
So in 2013, Bodkin started Groupmuse, a company that has hired over 1,200 young classical musicians to play small concerts in living rooms across the country. Each Groupmuse consists of two 25-minute sets of instrumental music: the first set is always from the classics, and the second is up to the performers.