DJing Can Help You Succeed as an Entrepreneur (Here’s How)

This just in from the MIT Sloan School of Management:

“It allows you to take those risks, whether it’s creatively, whether entrepreneurially, whether financially, that you wouldn’t normally take, because I have a belief that overall everything is going to work out,” Batyske said.

“The best opportunities for me have come from stuff that completely went the wrong way at the beginning or something that I missed out on.”

Learn more of Mick’s secrets over at the MIT Sloan Newsroom.

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Gamma Sonification: MIT Students Make Music From Particle Energy

Meanwhile at MIT…

In past classes, students have created soundwalks and graphic scores, learning about experimental pieces that broaden conventional ideas about sound. “We start off doing things that are meant to expand what the students think of as being music and get them listening more deeply,” says Makan. In his most recent class, students were asked to design a musical instrument. Some made flutes, chimes, and homemade drums. Sergheyev, Lopez, and Liu decided to make musical textures from nuclear radiation.

“I’ve always been interested in things that were misunderstood,” says Liu.

Read all about the process at the MIT Shass blog.

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Cambridge Science Festival, 2016

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This April marks the 10th anniversary of the annual Cambridge Science Festival, and they’re pulling out all the stops.

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With a seriously stacked schedule of events, (including one of our own) and major sponsorships from Google, MIT, Biogen, and the City of Cambridge, this year is shaping up to be their biggest event yet.

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Over the course of the 10-day celebration, held this April 15-24, the Cambridge Science Festival take science, technology, engineering, art, and math curiosities to a new level.

Every spring, they strive to make science accessible, engaging, and most of all – fun.

Take our free Wednesday Make & Mix workshop for example. From 2:00-3:30pm on the 20th, we’re opening our studio doors to the public for an opportunity to check out the latest in music technology and to feel what it’s like to be a DJ! Attendees can try their hand at manipulating music with Ableton Live, and creating their own performance with hands-on Akai hardware.

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Music tech aside, the Cambridge Science Festival has a ton of different events, workshops, tours, and hands-on activities for every age.

You can check out Saturday’s MIT Open House from 10:00am-3:00pm on the 23rd for hands-on science, art, technology, and culture-based activities, as well as an inside look at one of the city’s top universities.

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For some Friday night entertainment, you can head to Harvard Square on the 15th for some Sidewalk Astronomy, to view the Moon, Jupiter, double stars, and star clusters.

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Or, kick back on Sunday the 17th, for an Art + Science of Beer event at Mystic Brewery. Take a tour, learn how the brews are made, and taste some samples for an afternoon of local beer and fun.

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From mixing music, to beginner’s coding, to bioengineering your own living organisms, the Cambridge Science Festival brings something to the table for everyone.

And kids love our lab:

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For more details, visit the festival website.

And, to pre-register for our Make & Mix event, visit our Eventbrite page here.

MIT Researchers Unlock the Brain’s “Music Room”

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MIT Researchers unlock the Brain’s “music room”

As part of some exciting new research revealed today in the New York Times, Scientists at MIT have discovered that the Brain has a specific region dedicated to processing music. Many have long theorized that our brains respond differently to music, as it is such an integral part of our lives: American’s reportedly spend an average of four hours listening to music everyday, and flutes carved from mammoth bones are among the first artistic artifacts ever discovered, pre-dating the first cave paintings by nearly 20-thousand years.

“There are theories that music is older than speech or language,” he said. “Some even argue that speech evolved from music.”

Because of our species’ clear affinity for music, scientists have used brain imaging scans in an attempt to identify the regions of our brains responsible for processing music, but such research has been unsuccessful until now. MIT Neuroscience Professors Nancy Kanwisher and John H. McDermott, along with postdoctoral colleague Sam Norman-Haignere, were able to identify the brain’s “music room” by doing a mathematical analysis of fMRI scans. This discovery may help researchers to answer many questions about why music is so important to us as a species.

“Why do we have music?” Dr. Kanwisher said in an interview. “Why do we enjoy it so much and want to dance when we hear it? How early in development can we see this sensitivity to music, and is it tunable with experience? These are the really cool first-order questions we can begin to address.”

We’ll leave the technical explanations for the paper published by Kanwisher and McDermott in the journal Neuron. Hopefully this study will lead to a deeper understanding of our connection to music, and bring new insights to artists and fans alike.

To read the full article, head to the New York Times.