The Weirdest Ways Music Pranks The Human Brain


Adele and Kermit The Frog have a lot in common. Sure, they're from different countries and they're different species and one of them is a puppet. But in terms of taking your brain over by manipulating it with song, they're the world's foremost masters of a little trick called the appoggiatura. What is that magic Italian-derived word? How does it work? And how many other ways does the world prank your brain with music every day?

On this week's episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Jamie Brew (Botnik, Clickhole) for tales of tuneful brain trickery. They'll dig through the latest brain science, the biggest pop songs of today, and the history of opera for ways your noggin hears music and messes with you as a result. Also, this one has some fun musical examples! So how about that!


The Songularity (Botnik)

How Predictive Text Gave Us A New Harry Potter Chapter (The Cracked Podcast)

Botnik poster for Coachella 2018 featuring headliners Fanch, One Of Pig, & Lil Hack

5 Weird Realities Of Composing Music For Movies And Ads (Cracked)

5 Ways Your Taste in Music is Scientifically Programmed (Cracked)

"Fur Elise" in major and minor keys (YouTube)

The Surprising Musical Preferences of an Amazon Tribe (The Atlantic)

Kermit The Frog's appogiatura in "The Rainbow Connection"

How One Chord Changed the World: "Tristan" at 150 (WFMT)

The "millennial whoop" is taking over pop music (Quartz)

"Forever Young? In Some Ways, Yes" by David Hajdu (The New York Times)

Brain Scans Predict Pop Hits (Scientific American)

The 5 Weirdest Ways Music Can Mess With the Human Brain (Cracked)

The 5 Weirdest Things That Influence How Your Food Tastes (Cracked)

Music 'can enhance wine taste' (BBC News)

Music training enhances brainstem sensitivity to speech sounds, neuroscientist says (Science Daily)

Using Music to Ease Patient Stress During Surgery (TIME)

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