Curating The Week: Composed Music, Building Acoustics, Underwater Noise, And Spaced Repetition


An article that proposes “Composed Music” to describe classical music.

“Composed Music’s primary virtue is its blunt veracity. It is what it says it is: works by a singular mind, fixed and promulgated in written form. When you think about it, that is probably the one and only thing that unites all eras and styles of so-called Classical Music. Composed Music covers everybody and every work we’ve ever described as Classical Music, plus anything written in the 20th and 21st century, right up through right now, without privileging any era or style.”

A brief article about Derek Sugden, an acoustic engineer, about how buildings sound.

“The sound is as important as the surface and the feel. It’s important because our ears define for me the nature of space.”

An article about the effects of underwater noise pollution on whales.

“Constant noise is upending the way whales and dolphins hunt, navigate, and form social bonds. Imagine trying to converse with a friend—or even think straight—while the subway train passes by.”

An article about the power of spaced repetition as a study/memory technique. (The article cites research from here.)

“Spaced repetition is simple, but highly effective because it deliberately hacks the way your brain works. It forces learning to be effortful, and like muscles, the brain responds to that stimulus by strengthening the connections between nerve cells. By spacing the intervals out, you’re further exercising these connections each time.”

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