Canadian radio host reveals inspiration behind new children’s book, ‘The Science of Song’

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For years, Toronto-based radio host Alan Krauss has been Chronicling music history on your podcast.

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Now, he’s reaching a new generation with a different medium — a children’s book called The science of singing

“I was part of something called The Science of Rock n’ Roll, a touring museum exhibit that went to science centers across North America… and after that whole thing was over, I had all this information. ‘All this research that I did and I wanted to do something with it,’ he said. Granthshala news morning calgary on Saturday.


“I contacted the publishers, Kids Can Press, which specialize in children’s books, and I said, ‘Hey, I want to try something different. Was this the research I came up with for a children’s book? Can I use it again?'”

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With the green light from Kids Can Press, the science of singing — a book for children ages eight to 14 written by Alan Cross, Emme Cross and Nicole Mortillaro — released three years later, on September 7, 2021.

“It helps them a lot about why we make music, how we make music. There’s a lot of science. There’s a lot of technology,” said Alan Krauss, a commentator on Granthshala News.

“It took a real team effort to get it done. You can see that I’m probably the lead author, but I got help from many people, including my wife, to make this work.

The book touches on the science of how sound works, how we experience music, and the development of headphones.

“Headphones are something that goes back to the early 1900s when the Navy commissioned certain types of things to hear when they were on submarines. We also had telephone operators using headphones,” Cross said.

“But it really wasn’t until the 1950s that anyone decided that that technology could be adapted for consumer use.”

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The book explores something young people might not have known about: the Walkman.

“One of the interesting things about that first Walkman is that it came with two headphone jacks because the people at Sony couldn’t imagine sealing themselves off from society and not sharing music with anyone else.” ,” said Cross.

“It lasted right up to one model of the Walkman before it all just went into a headphone jack. But if the kids want to know why everyone is walking around with their personal music devices with headphones on, it’s all about that.” Started in 1979 with the device.

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