questionshow musical are you?

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@rprebel: Very much so. I am particularly affected by movie scores, as that is what they are there for. The swell of the orchestra can wring tears of sorrow or joy out of me with one deft flick of the conductor's wrist. There are a few songs I simply can't listen to as they make me so sad (even though some of them are actually maudlin, they still evoke powerful sadness for me), and there are songs that I can't imagine being unhappy while listening to them. Others have more personal emotional connections to people or events in my past, and hearing the song can reawaken old feelings as if they were new.

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@goldenthorn: I have a friend who does exactly what you've described. I always thought it was a seriously cool talent/skill/gift.

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@rprebel: Err, I'll try to answer, but it'll likely sound quite silly. My brain indelibly connects emotions and memories to music. The music that "speaks" to my soul becomes a sort of memory vessel for a very specific part of my self/my past and I can never disassociate that soul snippet from that music. I play specific songs, bands, and playlists and take myself right into a particular state of being. I can pretty much consciously manipulate myself with music. It's a wonderful thing for my brainfeels but it makes music so utterly personal that it's difficult to share or discuss my musical preferences with other people, which sucks. But oh maaaan do I love learning about music from others, so I'm happy to just listen and learn with a pen and paper in hand and keep my weirdness [mostly] to myself.

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Enthusiasm: 92%
Perception: 99%
Emotional connection: 51%
Social creativity: 95%
Curiosity: 90%

I basically failed the genre test (got rock right, mixed up the rest); 11 correct on the beat test; five high and four medium on the tap test; 9/12 correct on the melody test.

I think my lowish emotional connection relates to repetitive practice and analyzing changes.

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@goldenthorn: I'm curious about all of you with really high Emotional scores. Does music affect your mood? Do sad songs make you sad?

Music can amplify my mood (a bit), but it doesn't change it.

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@thedogma: Yes, the /s is for sarcasm.

I used to listen to Nirvana while practicing too. Nevermind was one of the albums I would use to practice on the drum set in high school, waaaaaaaay back when it was first released. That, Metallica's black album, and GNR Use Your Illusion I/II were my favorites. The band director gave us sheet music to practice, but screw that. Greensleeves? Nah man, I'll wing it on Friday. Here's how I spent my time in the practice booth.

1. Put on headphones
2. Hit play on Walkman
3. Practice playing Enter Sandman and Smells Like Teen Spirit for 2 hours
4. Break last pair of drumsticks
5. glance at sheet music for that week's halftime show
6. Go home

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Hrmm. So, I got:
All the jazz and the rock right, but the hip-hop and pop were evenly mixed up,
13/18 correct on Match the Beat,
11/12 correct on Melody Memory,
and five high/four medium on Tap to the Beat.
Enthusiasm - 43%
Perception - 65%
Emotional - 100%
Social - 7%
Curiosity - 88%
The results of which make sense for a music-loving neurotic shut-in with the singing voice of an alley cat.

That was fun!

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@rprebel: The exact opposite. I hope you were being sarcastic :/

EDIT: ...that's what "/s" means, isn't it? Sorry, I'm a little out of it.

My favorite artist is exceptionally difficult to say. Right now, I've been listening to a lot of Pink Floyd and Nirvana. The former because the Wall is a beautiful album and I've been rediscovering it since the rerelease and the latter because those songs tend to be easy to learn to sing and play guitar at the same time

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@thedogma: So...you have a passing interest in music? Top 40, iTunes Top 10, that kind of thing? /s

Very impressive. Who's your favorite artist?

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I got high across the board!

99% Enthusiasm
99% Perception
93% Emotional Connectivity
70% Social Creativity
99% Musical Curiosity

EDIT: The one time I would actually want a share to Facebook...
EDIT 2.0: got all the jazz right, had one pop in my rock, two hip hop in my pop, and two hip hop and a rock in my pop. Take a guess which genres of music I don't listen to.

5 wrong on match the beat; 4 high, 4 medium, 1 low on tap to the beat, and three wrong on melody memory.

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83% on Enthusiasm
76% on Perception
100% on Emotional Connection
9% on Social Creativity (anti-social much?)
59% on Musical Curiosity

1 Wrong on Match The Beat
4 - high, 4 - Medium, 1 - Low on Tap to The beat
3 Wrong on Melody Memory

Very cool test, thanks for posting it. Upvote for everyone who took the time to take it. And @rprebel, I also failed miserably in grouping the music. I got all of rock right, but thats it!

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41% - Enthusiasm
83% - Musical Perception
28% - Emotional Connection
72% - Social Creativity
49% - Musical Curiosity

Was more fun than I expected. Thanks for posting about it!

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43% on Enthusiasm
81% on Perception
64% on Emotional Connection
56% on Social Creativity
59% on Musical Curiosity

That was a really cool study and reflects my musicalness pretty well, I think.

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@moondrake: The "group the music" portion was the hardest one for me. I got 3 of 4 with Rock, but that's it.

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Enthusiasm: 22
Perception: 8 (yikes!)
Emotional Connection: 89
Social Creativity: 80
Curiosity: 1 (that's fair)
Group the music: I got all the jazz right but only 2/4 of the others
Match the beat: 11 of 18
Tap to the beat: 3 hi, 4 med, 2 low (expected worse)
Melody memory: all correct

I seriously enjoy the music I like, and I like music across a lot of genres and cultures. But I don't breathe music. I dislike background music and rarely attend live musical performances. i usually only play music when I am alone and in a position to actually listen to it. I love to sing and by all accounts do pretty well at it but have never learned to read music or play an instrument.

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@carl669: That actually looks pretty good to me. Your curiosity score is higher than average, and I would say that's the most important one.

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apparently, i suck at music.

Enthusiasm - 41%
Perception - 35%
Emotional Connection - 82%
Social Creativity - 10%
Musical Curiosity - 59%

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My scores:
80% on Enthusiasm
99% on Perception
64% on Emotional Connection
76% on Social Creativity
96% on Musical Curiosity