Newsletter August/September 2002, Issue 57
Published by Sonaris Consulting, Felix Bopp, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

- Babies recognise mother's tunes
- Smart Homes: Internet Home Alliance, Living Tomorrow, Changing Places/House_n
- Music Training and The Brain
- Worth reading: < How to Make Morpheus an Endangered Species? >
- Conferences & Events

Babies recognise mother's tunes

< Lulling a baby to sleep with a song is an age-old part of child-care. But a Canadian researcher says even tiny babies respond to the lullabies because they recognise melodies. Professor Susan Trehub, from the department of psychology at the University of Toronto, found babies recognise tunes, even if they are sung in a different key or at a different speed. But if they detect wrong notes or rhythm changes, they do not respond as well to the music. Professor Trehub told BBC News Online it was not known how babies' brains processed music - because it was difficult to persuade parents to let healthy babies have brain imaging tests. But she said there were clear signs babies responded differently. Once they have heard a tune in one pitch or tempo, babies recognise it when it is played at a different pitch and speed. She said: "They'll accept a tempo change, but not a rhythm change." "We know that they have these responses but we don't how they have them." Even very young babies can recognise tunes she said. And that is not explained by the theory that babies sense their mother relaxing to certain music in the womb. >
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Smart Homes

Internet Home Alliance
The mission of Internet Home Alliance is to accelerate the development of the market for home technologies that require a broadband or persistent connection to the Internet. "Linked to the network is a smart front door," said Mr. Devlin. "So that if you're not there, it will tell you that there's someone at your front door wherever you are in the world." You could then unlock the front door remotely and let your visitor in. One of the potential uses for the technology is for home security, so that if the house was broken into, you would notified immediately and web cameras on the property would take an instant snapshot. "Houses are already moving to online meter-reading; appliances have microprocessors in them," said Mr. Devlin. "It is inevitable that every home will be a smart home." The Internet Home Alliance brings together a group of diverse companies, such as General Motors, Invensys, Panasonic, Hewlett-Packard and ADT Security Services. "We've created an environment that has brought diverse companies together to produce solutions for the consumer that the individual companies would not have created on their own," said Tony Barra, president of the Internet Home Alliance.

Living Tomorrow
For the initiators of Living Tomorrow the interplay between public and professional interest in life in the 21st century is a key aspect. The project provides visitors with a tangible picture of the future and of their desires. The intention is to inform each visitor and introduce him to new technological systems, materials, methods of construction and design, as well as management, energy and communication techniques.

Changing Places/House_n
The MIT Home of the Future Consortium House_n research is focused on how the home and its related technologies, products, and services should evolve to better meet the opportunities and challenges of the future. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are investigating methods for merging new technologies with person-centered design. They are generating new ideas and methodologies for creating innovative products and services to satisfy the emerging and future needs of people as they live in their homes. This broad research approach is leading to innovative product ideas that are unlikely to be uncovered in more narrowly-focused industries or research endeavors. To facilitate these studies, a unique "Living Laboratory" residential home research facility will be constructed near MIT.


Music Training and The Brain

< Advocates for music education have always sworn that piano lessons pay off. Although no one would have denied that music training makes you more well-rounded and may even help you liven up some holiday parties, the extent of its benefit was unclear. Now, an increasing amount of scientific research is indicating that the benefits of music training reach to the brain. Some studies are suggesting that it boosts brain circuitry and increases certain mental functions. Further insights into how music training affects the brain may lead to new education methods and new ways to treat brain damage. () If bigger brain parts mean a bigger intellect, musicians may have a leg up on others. Brain imaging research shows that several brain areas are larger in adult musicians than in nonmusicians. For example, the primary motor cortex and the cerebellum, which are involved in movement and coordination, are bigger in adult musicians than in people who don't play musical instruments. The area that connects the two sides of the brain, the corpus callosum, is also larger in adult musicians. >
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Worth reading

How to Make Morpheus an Endangered Species? Poison Its Habitat.
By Damon Darlin

Enough with suing websites already. Entertainment companies angry about the illegal trading of copyrighted music and movies are resorting to guerrilla tactics. Some are inundating peer-to-peer computer networks like Gnutella and Morpheus with phony files that have the same titles and number of bytes as popular songs, but instead contain annoying music looped to play repeatedly. Others aim to slow down the networks with excess requests. In fact, there's already at least one U.S. patent application for a method to create impostor files. Will it work to kill the practice? Definitely, say Andrew Chen and Andrew Schroeder, two University of Washington seniors. In a term paper for their applied mathematics class last winter, Chen and Schroeder borrowed from environmental studies to conclude that polluting the P2P milieu with phony files is indeed a more effective strategy for the record labels than lawsuits.
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Conferences & Events

Ars Electronica Festival
September 7-12, 2002, Linz, Austria

IBC 2002
Conference September 12-16, 2002, Exhibits September 13-17, 2002, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The NAB Radio Show
September 12-14, 2002, Seattle, WA, USA

New Media Summit
September 18-20, 2002, Palm Springs, CA, USA

Digital Hollywood
September 23-25, 2002, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Orbit/Comdex Europe 2002
September 24-27, 2002, Basel, Switzerland

Streaming Media East 2002
October 2-4, 2002, New York, NY, USA

AES 113th Convention
October 5-8, 2002, Los Angeles, CA, USA

World Summit on Internet and Multimedia
October 8-11, 2002, Montreux, Switzerland

ISMIR 2002 - 3rd Int. Conf. on Music Information Retrieval
October 13-17, 2002, Paris, France

FUTURE TV Workshop
October 25-31, 2002, Helsinki, Finland

Content Summit 02
November 6-8, 2002, Zurich, Switzerland

NAB European Radio Conference
November 11-13, 2002, Paris, France

Doors of Perception
November 14-16, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Club of Amsterdam
The Convergence of Nanotechnology, Biotech and ICT
November 20, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Streaming Media Europe 2002
December 3-5, 2002, London, UK

WEDELMUSIC 2002 - 2nd Int. Conf. on Web Delivery of Music
December 9-11, 2002, Darmstadt, Germany

Surround 2002
December 13-14, 2002 Beverly Hills, CA, USA

The Future of Music Policy Summit
January 5-7, 2003, Washington, D.C., USA


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