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Psychology of Music

After reading my thoughts above, a good friend of mine (with great knowledge and appreciation for quality instrumental music) emailed me. He explained how difficult it is to categorize some pieces of music into musical styles and to categorize some composers into one of the musical genres discussed. I quickly realized that for him, my article didn't come across the way I intended to.

This experience showed me two things: first, I might not be the greatest writer when it comes to expressing my musical views… unlike with music, it can be very difficult to reach everyone from casual web-surfers to music enthusiasts and from music professionals to music theorists alike, with the same thoughts just by typed words.  If you enjoy ambient and downtempo music as much as I do, do yourself a favor and go check out music of the gods.

Secondly, I realized how the concept of strictly categorizing music styles and pigeonholing composers into certain styles is still a practice that many do. While I thought that strictly defining the "official" characteristics of musical genres and forcing every piece of music into one were things of the past, evidently doing so is what my friend warned me against, thinking that my article was trying to define who's ambient and who's new age.

While I completely agree with him as far as the pointlessness of such practice, for the first reading, he misunderstood the point. So I thought I'd share one of my email replies to him, here on this website – I believe it will make some of my readers interpret the original post in a different light.

"The main point is the difference between the ideology behind Ambient and New Age, how different things both of these expressions meant thirty years ago and now, and what transformations they have gone through that resulted in their meanings today. This is a much more important and involved topic than the argument about sub-categorizing musical styles, with which too many people seem to be still wasting time.

Just like in the case of some wedding music and traditional ethnic music: the performers' skills, technique or the instruments used might be the same, but the purpose of their music is probably completely different. It doesn't matter which one is the "more musical" or "deeper" music, what's interesting is why the same piece is performed in completely different ways, what the approach and purpose of the performer (or arranger, composer) is. The ideology determines the tools that one or another composer or performer uses (musical expressions, performance style, atmosphere, message).

The same is true for the composition in ambient or new age styles. Composers who started their career with new age music came from a different scene from a different angle – back then the gap between the two was pretty big, then smaller, then big again today. Although I had thought about not even mentioning any names in the article (to avoid making the reader focus on the familiar examples) but it's difficult to describe music without either referring to a few known examples, or playing it.

Back to the differences for another thought. The traditional motivation behind Ambient for a decade was experimentation. Which doesn't have much to do with the purpose of New Age, referred to as "space music" in those times. Similarly, Brian Eno's and Vangelis' purposes were different when they produced their pioneering albums using electronics. While Vangelis wanted to express emotions by using orchestra-like instrumentation without an orchestra, Eno wanted to create a soundscape that had not been heard before, with practical applications, putting the importance of emotions and melodies behind experimentation and the ambient nature/purpose of his music. At the same time, he ended up generating a unique feel and atmosphere, which indirectly (when the listener was effected by these moods while listening to the album for a while) resulted in a new, "personalized" feel developed in/by the listener.

As far as the composer's perspective, the ways and process of self-expression, the motivation, purpose behind composition, and even the tools used, there is still a major difference between ambient and new age (especially since the industry's interference in the 90's) today."

Downtempo Music

This analyze exhibited effectiveness differed if the background music transformed. Performance has been best inside the quiet situation along with toughest inside the common new music situation, and so the initial theory can be recognized. There is zero change with effectiveness with some of the ailments among introverts along with extraverts, and so the second theory can be declined. There is zero change with effectiveness in a situation among people who commonly listen to new music although they will work the ones exactly who tend not to, that means your third theory can be declined.

These types of studies help Furnham et 's along with Furnham & Bradley's studies which effectiveness connected with both individuality types is best in silence than having background music.

This study's results tend not to help Eysenck's arousal idea mentioned by Stenberg et 's due to the extraverts certainly not outperforming introverts inside the new music ailments. Any achievable cause of this could be the volume the particular players established the particular earbuds to be able to wasn't monitored. Despite the fact that they will listened to exactly the same new music, introverts may have decreased the volume, although extraverts may perhaps enjoy the idea higher being from his or her the best possible degree of arousal that means both groups carry out exactly the same. This analyze in addition doesn't help studies by Furnham & Strbac which extraverts outshine introverts when there is new music inside the qualifications. Nonetheless, Furnham & Bradley in addition observed zero change among introverts along with extraverts in the fast recall process when take new music has been enjoyed. The studies recommend extraverts learning with active aspects of the particular library with Campbell & Hawley's analyze would do superior learning in silence because both groups done superior for the reason that situation.

The studies which exactly how generally new music can be listened to doesn't influence effectiveness in a situation doesn't help Etaugh & Ptasnik men and women carry out superior of their chosen situation. Nonetheless because peaceful atmosphere received the best functionality it might nevertheless be highly recommended men and women work in silence.

The EPQ-R-A is usually a lowered form of the particular individuality customer survey. This did not influence the particular reliability. Francis et 's in contrast brings about the particular lengthy type over some international locations along with determined that it must be an adequate along with reliable alternative to the particular extended type.

This analyze offers excellent environmentally friendly validity because background music can be typical along with occasionally inevitable with everyday living although doing work, and also the new music is not going to always be common. This perused the particular influence it has in productivity although consuming to be able to accounts particular person differences along with whether or not exposure to the situation is usually a typical event. The confounding varying men and women may have lied to you inside the customer survey has been dealt with by looking at the particular then lie scale towards the extraversion reviews. This exhibited individuals were certainly not lying along with will increase inner validity. Some time restrict added for every single glide ascertained players were afflicted with the backdrop new music. When they were authorized so long as they will wanted they may keep re-reading the particular paragraph as numerous times since they wished to have the suitable remedy along with new music effect wouldn't be tested.