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May 22nd, 2014

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The Ballad of Tin Ears

Many of us love to sing, but we’re not all good at it. Some of us can’t even carry a tune and are told not to sing. Tim Falconer dives into neuroscience, psychology — and music itself — to find out why he’s a bad singer – and if there’s anything he can do about it.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 | Categories: Episodes | 4

Info: http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2014/05/06/the-ballad-of-tin-ears

Tim Falconer is writing a book about singing for House of Anansi Press. Watch for Bad Singer in 2016.

Participants in the program:

  • Micah Barnes, singer, songwriter, and vocal coach in Toronto.
  • Tyler Ellis, musician and music teacher at Morse Street Public School in Toronto.
  • Sean Hutchins, Director of Research at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. His lab is the Royal Conservatory of Music Research Centre.
  • Psyche Loui, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Music, Imaging and Neural Dynamics (MIND) Laboratory at Wesleyan University in Middleton, Connecticut.
  • Isabelle Peretz, Co-director of the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS) and Canada Research Chair in Neurocognition of Music at Université de Montréal.
  • Peter Pfordresher, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Auditory Perception and Action Lab at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York.
  • Frank Russo, Associate Professor of Psychology and founder of the Science of Music, Auditory Research and Technology (SMART) Lab at Ryerson University in Toronto.
  • Gillian Turnbull, ethnomusicologist and Instructor at Ryerson University.

BRAMS Lab Online Amusia Test

Reading List:

How Music Works by David Byrne, published by McSweeney’s, 2012.

Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning by Gary Marcus, published by Penguin, 2012.

Musicophilia: Tales Of Music And The Brain by Oliver Sacks, published by Knopf, 2007.

This Is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin, published by Penguin, 2006.

“Face the Music” by Tim Falconer, Maisonneuve, Spring, 2012.

“The influence of vocal training and acting experience on measures of voice quality and emotional genuineness” by Steven R. Livingstone, Deanna H. Choi and Frank A. Russo, Frontiers in Psychology, 2014.

“The Linked Dual Representation Model of Vocal Perception and Production” by Sean Hutchins and Sylvain Moreno, Frontiers in Psychology, 2013.

“Tone-Deafness: a Disconnection Syndrome?” by Psyche Loui, David Alsop and Gottfried Schlaug, Journal of Neuroscience, 2009.

“Poor-Pitch Singing in the Absence of ‘Tone Deafness'” by Peter Q. Pfordresher and Steven Brown, Music Perception, 2007.

“Congenital Amusia: A Disorder of Fine-Grained Pitch Discrimination” by Isabelle Peretz et al, Neuron, 2002.


Plusieurs d’entre nous aiment chanter mais nous ne sommes pas tous bons dans ce domaine.  Certains ne peuvent pas chanter sur la bonne tonalité et on leur dit de pas chanter.  Tim Falconer explore les neurosciences, la psychologie et la musique elle-même afin de trouver pourquoi il est un mauvais chanteur, et s’il peut faire quelque chose pour y remédier.

Tim Falconer écrit un livre sur le chant pour la Maison d’Édition Anansi.   Voir ‘Mauvais chanteur’ en 2016.

Participants au programme:

  • Micah Barnes, chanteur, écrivain et coach vocal à Toronto.
  • Tyler Ellis, musicien et enseignant de la musique au Morse Street Public School de Toronto.
  • Sean Hutchins, Directeur de Recherche au ‘Royal Conservatory of Music’ à Toronto.
  • Psyche Loui, Professeur adjoint en Psychologie & Directeur du laboratoire de Musique, Imagerie et Dynamique neurale (MIND) à la  Wesleyan University à Middleton, Connecticut.
  • Isabelle Peretz, Co-directeure du Laboratoire International sur le cerveau la musique et le son (BRAMS) et Chaire de Recherche du Canada en Neurocognition de la Musique à l’Université de Montréal.
  • Peter Pfordresher, Professeur agrégé de Psychologie et Directeur du Laboratoire de la perception auditive et de l’action à l’Université de Buffalo à Buffalo, New York.
  • Frank Russo, Professeur agrégé de Psychologie et Fondateur du Laboratoire de la science, la musique de la recherche technologique et auditive (SMART) à l’Université Ryerson à Toronto.
  • Gillian Turnbull, ethnomusicologue et instructeur à l’Université Ryerson.

Test web d’Amusia du laboratoire BRAMS

Liste de lecture:

How Music Works par David Byrne, publié par McSweeney’s, 2012.

Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning par Gary Marcus, publié par Penguin, 2012.

Musicophilia: Tales Of Music And The Brain par Oliver Sacks, publié par Knopf, 2007.

This Is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin, publié par Penguin, 2006.

“Face the Music” par Tim Falconer, Maisonneuve, Printemps 2012.

“The influence of vocal training and acting experience on measures of voice quality and emotional genuineness” par Steven R. Livingstone, Deanna H. Choi & Frank A. Russo, Frontiers in Psychology, 2014.

“The Linked Dual Representation Model of Vocal Perception and Production” par Sean Hutchins & Sylvain Moreno, Frontiers in Psychology, 2013.

“Tone-Deafness: a Disconnection Syndrome?” par Psyche Loui, David Alsop & Gottfried Schlaug, Journal of Neuroscience, 2009.

“Poor-Pitch Singing in the Absence of ‘Tone Deafness'” par Peter Q. Pfordresher & Steven Brown, Music Perception, 2007.

“Congenital Amusia: A Disorder of Fine-Grained Pitch Discrimination” par Isabelle Peretz et al, Neuron, 2002.

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