On February 27, 2023, Global News Toronto interviewed Michael Schutz, Liam Foley, Joseph Schlesinger, and members of the MAPLE Lab about how to improve medical devices in hospital settings.

For more specific information, visit the Global News article here.

If you are interested in more reading, visit our BJA Article, along with press releases from CTV News and EurekAlert!

In March of 2021, McMaster’s division of the TedX speaker series released Dr. Schutz’s talk on the current state of alarms in medical devices/environments. 

For more specific information visit the page dedicated to this talk, which was also covered by our local news.

If you are interested in more reading relating to the auditory alarms project please visit the projects summary page or download related publications.

NEXUS Drumming Lecture and Recital (2020): Discussing the use of phasing in percussion music, percussion music in various cultures, and research conducted to better understand Steve Reich’s “Drumming”. Performance also given by NEXUS Drumming and Michael Schutz. 

On December 1, 2016, CBC aired a new episode of The Nature of Things, “I Got Rhythm: The Science of Song.”  The show featured several researchers discussing different aspects of music’s ubiquity.   The program featured lab work on cues for emotion, as well as performance demonstrations related to our “Happy Xylophone” project.  For more info on these projects visit our summary page or download related publications.

CHCH covered the MAPLE Lab’s work on auditory alarms and Michael Schutz gives an overview of the problems with poorly designed sounds ubiquitous in today’s medical devices.  This segment also describes the MAPLE Lab’s actively contributing to efforts to improve the sounds used in these lifesaving devices. 

Broadcasted repeatedly, this segment of Hamilton Life discusses Michael Schutz’s research in musical performance and features him playing a variety of percussion instruments.


Audio Branding, with Jodi Krangle featured an interview with Michael Schutz, exploring his team’s approaches to redesigning auditory alarms in medical devices, and the foundational research that led to our discoveries and approaches tracing back to my early work on how visible gestures alter our perception of long and short marimba notes

The Quirks Question Roadshow featured Dr. Schutz on discussing why major scales sound “right.” CBC’s Bob McDonald talks with researchers to answer questions from the show’s listeners. The taping took place at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario on June 4th, and air on June 6th.

Michael Schutz appeared on Rita Celli’s popular Ontario Today broadcast from 12-1pm (Eastern Standard Time) on April 22nd, 2010. He discussed Maple Lab research, played some marimba, and answered music cognition related questions from listeners. Click on the audio player below to listen to an archive of the broadcast.

The Scientific Case for Live Music Writer Edward Willett then based his weekly science column on McMaster’s Jan 4th press release in a segment titled The Scientific Case for Live Music. To hear this column, click on the audio player below:

Edward’s column is also available in written form on his website at

This work was also discussed on a number of different forums, including The Womb,,, DIY Audio, and several other sources.

On Oct 19th Kathy Hyde of 94.7 FM covered some of our research on “tapping to hear” showing that moving to the beat actually helps us to hear music better:


Our work has been featured in the following media outlets (click to link to the coverage)



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