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January 11th, 2011


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09:12 am - BBC Music Test
You might be interested in the BBC 'How Musical Are You?' test. It takes 25 minutes, and there are a number of practical tests (like clicking along to the beat of a track and sorting sounds into groups). Note that you have to register with the BBC site - I registered a few weeks back so I could post irritable comments :-)

I got average for 'musical perception', above average on emotional response to music, and below average on creative participation (I don't make music at all). This seems accurate.

It's interesting that none of my family (my brothers and sisters) are musical, but we are all married to highly musical people; three of our spouses are or have been professional musical artists. Many of my best friends are musical too. I suppose it's a complementary form of creativity.

I get a better response from a wider range of music since I learned to combine it with mental narrative. I think it might be something to do with stimulating different parts of my brain. I find I have a stronger emotional reaction to reading poetry if I have music playing. I find music is more vivid if I attempt to create a verbal narrative in my brain as I listen to it. Or I think it also works if I close my eyes and try to summon abstract visual patterns.

On the other hand someone on my f-list posted yesterday that she can't concentrate on reading if there is music playing. I suspect this is because she is more musical than me, so it captures more than half her attention.

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From:lamentables
Date:January 11th, 2011 10:07 am (UTC)
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Did you see, in the Guardian, the results/opinions of musicians taking the test?
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From:communicator
Date:January 11th, 2011 10:23 am (UTC)
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Yes, I am not surprised that the professional musicians score very highly. I think it's one of the more accurate tests out there.
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From:lamentables
Date:January 11th, 2011 10:49 am (UTC)
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Oh, that's not at all how I read the article!
I found it interesting for the ways in which it didn't work and what it implied about the inherent assumptions of the test. For example the orchestra player who is, according to the test, not very enthusiastic about music on the grounds that he doesn't spend much time listening to it.
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From:happytune
Date:January 11th, 2011 10:16 am (UTC)
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Not sure concentration relates to music playing in a simple way. SC absolutely CANNOT do anything that requires concentration if there's music playing, whereas I find it almost impossible to work without music on in the background. I think it is something to do with the way we were brought up. In his household homework times were accompanied by silence. I remember sitting under the piano as a very little person doing some colouring in while my mom taught - quiet didn't feature heavily in our household!
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From:communicator
Date:January 11th, 2011 10:25 am (UTC)
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Yes, good point, my childhood was noisy and crowded, even if the music was really just what was on the radio.
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From:steepholm
Date:January 11th, 2011 10:24 am (UTC)
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I seem to be some kind of musical sociopath:

Enthusiasm for music 22% Low
Musical perception 99% High
Emotional connection 47% Medium
Social creativity 72% High
Musical curiosity 38% Low

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From:communicator
Date:January 11th, 2011 10:27 am (UTC)
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Well you have much better musical perception than me. I am wondering if there is a personality type which is sensitive to music, and slightly has to limit exposure to it. Not all musical people, but a certain kind of musical person, who needs silence as much as music.
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From:steepholm
Date:January 11th, 2011 10:32 am (UTC)
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Yes, that describes me pretty well. I'm certainly one of those who can't work to music - though I used to be able to. (My elder brother is a composer, which makes music complicated for me in a weird siblingish way, too.)
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From:matildabj
Date:January 11th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
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I got similar results (except that my connection was higher and my curiosity and enthusiasm even lower!). I see myself as a musical person, even though I don't listen to it a lot and can't work with it on - mainly because I can't not listen to it. And I love silence.
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From:communicator
Date:January 11th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
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It would be interesting to do a cluster analysis of the results, to see if there are 'types'.
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From:ianmcdonald
Date:January 11th, 2011 12:03 pm (UTC)
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had a look and then found I had to register so I didn't. I loathe registering/logging in.
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From:communicator
Date:January 11th, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I know what you mean. I registered a few weeks ago with the BBC after years reading the site, just so I could complain about that interview with Jody McIntyre. The interviewer annoyed me so much.
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From:gylfinir
Date:January 11th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
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I've just taken the test, mainly because I have an ear infection and I'm aware that the tones of everything that I'm currently hearing are very, very flat (because of it, I'm unable to listen to music right now).

My scores:

Perception - high (91%)
Enthusiasm - high (83%)
Creativity - high (72%)
Curiosity - medium (71%)

I am musical (I play the 'cello and piano - or rather, I used to), and I also have synaesthesia, which makes listening to music very interesting indeed...
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From:communicator
Date:January 11th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
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I saw that you had been poorly. I hope it's starting to clear up now gylfinir. Do you ever feel you would like to pick up music again? Seems a shame to drop it.
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From:gylfinir
Date:January 11th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
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It's been a miserable few weeks; I started with a cold in mid-October and my cough has persisted since then. I caught the 'flu in the week before Christmas, and developed a chest and double ear infection a week last Sunday. I'm not sleeping either. I'm a physical wreck right now! But I'm starting to get better, thank you.

Music is a very important aspect of my life, I'm just not as technically attuned as I once was. I haven't played the 'cello in years, although I still own my instrument, and my piano was sold by my parents. At one point I was in a band, playing an average of 2 gigs a week, and an orchestra, but it was all really for fun. Perhaps I'll go back to it all one day, but my life is quite full right now...
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From:communicator
Date:January 11th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry you have been so ill. I hope the doc is some use. When I had a chest infection 2 years ago they were rubbish. You must be taken seriously.
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From:gylfinir
Date:January 11th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
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I haven't been to the doctor because when I went in Novemeber, I was basically told that there was nothing they could do or give to me. I suspect this would still be true as this is a viral infection. I think a little bit more time is all that I need. (It really is rubbish though; it's a complete waste of time, is very draining and has left me feeling very low.)
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From:sugoll
Date:January 11th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
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I don't like to have music on while reading, either - but I don't think that's got anything to be with being musical or not, in my case (I'm not).

Partially, it's because the music overwhelms the mood that the author is trying to set.

Partially, it's because I'm interrupt-driven. Things happen in my immediate surroundings, and my internal handler pays attention. Ditto TV, conversations happening, people moving around the room, etc. Ping! So music, by itself, wouldn't trigger this, but familiar music, or something with lyrics, would.
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From:communicator
Date:January 11th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
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I don't know if it's growing up in a small full house but I become more or less deaf when I'm reading. H has to shake me sometimes to get my attention.
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From:spacefall
Date:January 12th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. The only 'high' I got was perception, and the rest were all medium. I thought it was odd that emotional was so low, but I think they were asking about a different sort of response to music than the kinds I'd identify with. I find music completely consuming at times, but those feelings are not exactly 'emotions' in the personal sense. They were also being a bit specific about shivers down the spine etc ... I do get that, but more often it's more like being filled with a very bright light.

Anyway, this was a fun survey doodad, and made me think a lot about the music I enjoy, and how I enjoy it. Cheers for the linkies!
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From:communicator
Date:January 13th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
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Yes, perhaps they were being too specific about the type of emotional reaction. I get a very specific physical response to poetry - for example, the hairs on my arms lift. I have read other people (for example AE Houseman) describe the same effects. But someone with different effects would still be responding.
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From:archbishopm
Date:January 12th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
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Musical perception 7%. Guess that confirms why I'm always last picked for Rock Band.
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From:communicator
Date:January 13th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
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Oh no. I couldn't do the tunes very well because I don't have a way of remembering them. I tried to visualise a line going up and down in each case, and then superimpose the lines on each other, but my memory isn't strong enough. Well, I got some right.

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