Uncover the everyday origins of some extraordinary instruments.
Everyone seems to love the sound of their own voice in the shower. That's because a simple shower stall produces some complex sound-altering effects.
Opera singers carry notes that seem to last forever. How do they do it?
Why do some songs get stuck in your head?
Why do I hear the bass from my neighbor's stereo, but not the treble?
Music, fear, sadness all can cause goosebumps. But why?
Most people abhor the sound of their own recorded voice. So what are these recording devices doing to our voices to make them sound so awful?
Our reactions may be trained, but the devices that make music sound "sad" are real enough.
PETER WHITEHEAD is an instrument builder, performer, and composer.
Stepping is rhythmic movement that uses the body as an instrument.
Find out what all that fiddling around before a concert is really about.
Music is more than meets the ears directly. Just as no sound exists in a vacuum, every space sculpts the sound within it.
Sit down for compost tea with a visionary cultivator.
Explore the deadly beautiful world of carnivorous plants.
Tour a hydroponic greenhouse in frozen Antarctica.
An inside look at the striving communities of competetive orchid and pumpkin growers.
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