Re: Music !!

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Date: Mon Jul 09 2001 - 12:46:13 BST

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    > To be more serious, I think liking classical music merely requires
    > training, and it adresses maybe less emotional, more
    > intellectual functions of the brain.
    > Like Lou Reed said :
    > 'I guess I'm just dumb, cause I knows I ain't smart
    > But deep down inside, I got a rock'n'roll heart'.

    The way I see it, mostly you pick up preference
    to some kinds of music by imitating the musical
    choices of your friends. At first you may not like it too much.
    But sometimes it's like beer, the taste of which
    typically is not appreciated initially too. One learns to like
    the taste of beer after rather long periods of drinking practise.
    After all, your friends drink and you don't want to
    lag behind. Music sometimes also requires this kind of memetic
    `pushing'. That's how the people in charge of determining
    the pop charts push their choices onto teenagers.
    Thegap between the taste of music of generations cannot be
    explained genetically. If it would, than basically I would
    like the same kinds of music as my parents, or at least one of
    them. Luckily, I do not. Although I have to confess that I do
    like some of the genres they like, the difference in taste
    on the whole is very significant. This discrepancy can,
    as far as I know, only be explained memetically.
    In a nutshell: the previous generation was exposed to
    different kinds of music-memes than ours in the formative
    years of music. With the formative years I mean, the period
    responsible for memetically developing rudimentary
    predispositions to certain styles of music of oneself (the
    teenage years). I do acknowledge, however, that the likes for
    musical genres, bands or whatever, is time-dependent.

    On music addressing intellectual functions:

    I would not say that classical music addresses more intellectual
    functions of the brain. Rather, classical music demands more
    of the emotional sensitivity of the brain. Intellectuals like
    classical music because typically they are sensitive. I
    sense a strong correlation here.
    To become sufficiently sensitive to the subtle and sophisticated
    structure of classical music might require repeated exposure
    (training, as you put it) if one is used to hearing music of
    the opposite nature, such as heavy metal, techno and stuff
    like that. So on the contrary, I would not say classical music
    less emotional, rather it's more subtle than other popular
    musics possibly requiring high degrees of memetic exposure.


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