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Re: working memory and melody
I find a similar effect myself, but it crucially interacts with my
familiarity with the music. For example, if I'm listening to a Bach
cello suite, which I've heard numerous times in the past, I can
re-create the listening experience even though I'm 'passively'
listening during a reading task. In essence, I can predict what the
music sounded like (or should have sounded like) and feel thoroughly
satisfied with the reading and listening experiences.
Now, if I'm listening to chance compositions (Cage),'avant garde'
(Kagel, Scelsi, AMM, etc.), soundscapes (Alan Lamb, Arnold Dreyblatt,
etc.)reading does have an effect on the listening experience. Without a
doubt I re-visit the music soon after reading.
Take home: If I can hum it, I can read with it.
Quoting Bruno Repp <repp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
I am an avid music listener and listen to classical music practically
every morning and evening. Classical music requires full attention to
be appreciated properly. However, because the listening takes up a
lot of time, I have often tried to combine it with other activities.
I soon found out that reading, even of the most trivial text, is
totally disruptive. I feel I have not heard the music at all while I
was reading-a very disheartening experience.
chandan r. narayan
dept. of linguistics
university of michigan