Why heavy metal and classical fans make sweet music together

Reply Fri 5 Sep, 2008 12:16 am
Source: The Independent, 05.09.08, page 3)

Musical taste is linked to personality confirms a recent survey of more than 36,000 music lovers.

The study’s most remarkable discovery is - especially, when you look at the reports in today's papers - that refined lovers of classical music share a high number of personality traits with those who prefer rocking out to heavy metal.

The Scotsman: Rock me, Amadeus (Or how Mozart and heavy metal fans have more in common than they'd like to admit)
FANS of heavy metal music are usually portrayed as long-haired students playing air guitar in their grubby rooms. Classical music lovers, by contrast, are stereotyped as serious, grey-haired and overwhelmingly middle-class.
But these apparent opposites have more in common than people might imagine, according to a study yesterday.

Researchers found fans of Motorhead shared "virtually identical" personality traits with Mozart lovers, both being unusually creative and introverted.

Source: The Independent, as above

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Walter Hinteler
Reply Fri 5 Sep, 2008 12:16 am
@Walter Hinteler,

Friday, 5 September 2008
Leading article: Musical chairs

Some might say that the researchers of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh have come up with an explanation of the blindingly obvious in their study that shows music taste is linked to personality type.

Many will question whether it is really a surprise that indie rock fans tend to have low self-esteem but are often creative, that reggae lovers are supremely relaxed, that those who enjoy dance music are extroverts, or that heavy metal aficionados have a well developed appreciation of the grandiose? But not us, though. We are more interested in the potential practical applications of these findings. If personality influences musical taste, perhaps music can influence personality. Perhaps doctors could use music to ease mental disorders, in the same way that they presently use therapy or drugs?

Symptoms of anxiety? Prescribe some Bob Marley. Depressed? Take Sly and the Family Stone twice a day. Chronic shyness? A month-long course of Fatboy Slim (and strictly no Coldplay). Not very creative? Total immersion in The Killers. It would certainly cut down the NHS drugs bill.


Walter Hinteler
Reply Fri 5 Sep, 2008 12:27 am
@Walter Hinteler,
"There is no evidence to suggest that the type of music you listen to will cause you to commit suicide, but those who are vulnerable and at risk of committing suicide may be listening to certain types of music," the author of the study, Felicity Baker, said.


And nota bene as well:
Playing a certain type of music can enhance the way wine tastes, research by psychologists suggests.

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Reply Fri 5 Sep, 2008 09:59 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Very interesting. Actually, the classic music/heavy metal connection seems fairly reasonable, since both are prone to bombast (depending on the composer), long and lightening-paced string arpeggios, etc.

Lol, fans of indie are NOT hard-working, kind, or generous.

Seems like the list is a bit too reductive to be truly meaningful, though. Where the hell is jazz?
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Reply Sat 4 Oct, 2008 11:49 am
One of my favorite Metallica tracks: Am I Evil?. Kirk's solo, and especially the bit between 5:46 - 6:15, is pure J.S. Bach... arpeggiated triad after arpeggiated triad in an unbroken subtactile pulse. Heavy metal musicians really know their stuff.
Reply Sat 4 Oct, 2008 12:01 pm

(concert on demand)

this was an excellent fusion

CBC's Fuse presents a collaboration between the baroque orchestra Tafelmusik and the progressive country-folk of Rock Plaza Central. Tafelmusik is one of the world's leading ensembles of period performance. And Rock Plaza Central is a seven piece band that uses violin, banjos, drums, guitars, bass, glockenspiel and accordions to craft a decidedly modern roots-pop blend.

Together Tafelmusik and RPC find the common ground between the baroque and the folk.


the entire fuse series has been interesting

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