Tag Archives: NPR

the ‘goldilocks zone’

27 Feb

An illustration of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, by Arthur Rackham. Music writer Alva Noë says Adele's music lands in the "Goldilocks Zone."

Alva Noë provides the smartest and most sensible answer to the recurring “Why do we like Adele?” question:

“Music that occupies the Goldilocks Zone, a song like Adele’s “Someone Like You,” sets up the release of dopamine in reward circuitry in the brain. No doubt. But it would be a mistake to think this is why we like the music. Dopamine is released because we like the music. And our liking the music has everything to do with our perceptual sensitivity to the way it fits into, and plays against, a musical conversation, which is really to say, a whole musical culture.”

Read the rest on NPR.

tesla explained

22 Feb

One of the Tesla coils used by Bjork in her stage show. Photo by Will Hermes.

Thanks to NPR’s Bob Boilen for exposing me as a shoddy music reporter: Despite my mention of it, before this video I had no idea how a Tesla coil could be used as an instrument.