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Monday, 10 January 2011

How musical are you?

Yet another online test to play with, this time one set up by BBC Radio 3 and sundry serious researchers.

I can't say my results surprise me much; if anything, I'd have thought my musical perceptiveness had dropped off a bit more over the decades than these results show. It turns out my "melody memory" is better than I'd have thought, and beat recognition about what I'd have expected. I'm dubious about the notion that one can really distinguish rock, pop, jazz and hiphop from each other on the basis of a one or two second beat - I certainly couldn't, but then, I haven't had the detailed exposure to what strike me as categories with fairly variable boundaries.

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