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27 September 2001 @ 05:22 pm
This probably explains why i feel the way i do about some music, although not how. Or perhaps it explains how but not why.

In any case, it's interesting.

I wonder if they're done any coresponding study on the lyrics of music vs the music itself, or on poetry vs music.

I think the lyrics may have something to do with it. There are some songs with the type of music that i would normally expect to get a reaction from me, but the lyrics are mediocre, and i feel little or nothing in response to them. Other than just enjoying the musical aspect of them of course.

I wonder how closely they've nailed down the region, and if the effects completly overlap, or are just in the same vicinity. I enjoy food sex and music, but they each feel different to me. Food is yummy. Sex is wonderful. Music is magic.
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Dalton Grahamdaltong on September 27th, 2001 05:43 pm (UTC)
what did they listen to?!?!
i for one would like to know what selections were used by the test subjects.

music has been going into me in a deeper way, since 11 sep, than it has in a while. i'm oddly unable to listen to the 3-minute format of pop and college stations. classical and jazz has helped a little, but the very best has been long things that don't require a lot of attention. KFOG played the full version of "Low Stomp of High-Heeled Boys" by Traffic today, and it was sooo good to hear. i've played "Autobahn" by Kraftwerk a few times in the car in the past couple of days. and U2's "October" CD has been on, but only the quiet songs.

i can't handle Robert Rich since a paranormal experience i had a few weeks ago; not ready for it yet. and Portishead would just be too awful right now.

sat down with Neil Young's "Harvest" the other night while i watched the lightning storm; it was a good thing.
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 27th, 2001 05:57 pm (UTC)
Re: what did they listen to?!?!
They didn't say exactly, but infering from their comments, they picked "musicians," and later said that they believe the response to be culturally biased, that "some people may react to rock 'n' roll in the same way that others are affected by Beethoven."

I doubt they got members of profesional rock bands to sit down for the test, and they seem to know that Beethoven affects people, since they're guessing that rock 'n' roll would affect an appropriate audience in the same manner. I would therefore guess that they tested clasically trained musicians who were more effected by, and therefore picked, their favorite clasical pieces.

It is all just guesswork though.

But if they're right and it is extremly personally and culturally biased, it doesn't really matter too much what the test subjects listened to.