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Your Questions About How To Discover New Music

Thomas asks…

What are some ways to discover new music (deatails included)?

I love discovering new music. I often check iTunes.com top 100 songs, at40.com, pandora.com for new/popular/good music to download. What are some other places/ways to discover new music? :)

New Niche Finder answers:

The ‘Triple J New Music Podcast’ is always a good place to start.
Also, Triple J UnEarthed is another place to find new music.
Good places to find good up-and-coming bands also include open mic nights and support acts at music festivals.

Charles asks…

From an evolutionary point of view, why do humans find music so appealing?

Isn’t it, after all, just sound? Through what evolutionarily advantageous (or sociobiological) process did humans acquire their passion for music? Or, on the other hand, was it purely by accident we discovered that music was appealing to our senses?

New Niche Finder answers:

There are actually several books on the subject (unfortunately my books are in boxes at the moment … But if you email me, I’ll dig through them).

But, there are parts of our nervous system that respond to rhythm and pitch harmony. For example, the structure of the inner ear (basically a long, narrowing tube lined with sensitive hairs) is such that pitch harmonies produce pleasing sensations.

We are not the only animal to play with vocal pitches … Cetaceans (whales and dolphins) do this over large distances because sound travels farther though water than through air … And of course, birds have developed vocal abilities to a *much* higher degree than we have.

But couple vocal abilities with an enormous brain, that is able to analyse and put pitches together into deliberate sequences (what we call melodies), and we have the beginnings of music.

As for evolutionary advantages, since vocalizations are already a part of complex social behavior … Most specifically the wooing of mates … This has obvious evolutionary advantages. Those with a better ability to make and to hear harmonic (and rhythmic) patterns, were mating more often … Producing more offspring with the same abilities.

Ken asks…

How do I discover modern art?

I use Pandora to discover music of my favorite genres, but what is the Pandora of Art? How do I discover artist of specific taste? (Please, take this question seriously. The last guy wrote, “google modern art.”)

New Niche Finder answers:

‘artist of specific taste’…not quite sure what that even means, but search here http://www.wga.hu/ first. Don’t you have any friends who do art? Try asking around.

Mary asks…

What are good places to discover new music of all types?

I would just like to know some websites where I can discover new types of music. But actually have someone talk about the music not like Pandora where they just play new music. I don’t really care what genre it is and actually the more genres that they cover is better.

New Niche Finder answers:

Last.fm!
Http://last.fm/

Lizzie asks…

What is the best thing that you have discovered from another culture?

I love flamenco (Spain) but this year I discovered Fados (music from Portugal) currently enjoying a revival.

New Niche Finder answers:

Bollywood! My roommate in undergrad was indian and in an attempt to introduce me to their indian culture (i was a white jewish kid who grew up in rural wisconsin with hardly any indians around), his family made us watch a different bollywood movie every week. I never thought that I would become a fan of movies filled with singing and dancing but it was a real eye-opener and i am so much more appreciative of the indian culture now. Plus those indian women are so damn beautiful! I ended up falling in love with and married a gorgeous indian girl myself! :)

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