Why We Love Repetition in Music
At last! A more in-depth explanation as to why I seem to fixate on particular songs, playing them over and over (and over) again. Why We Love Repetition in Music is a fascinating examination of what repetition does to our brains.
In fact the argument can be made that through repetition, mere spoke words can become interpreted as music by the listener.
As a neat example, have a listen to the following two audio clips:
Isn’t that crazy? On hearing this, I was reminded of the McGurk Effect.
I find it interesting that I mostly fixate on songs when I’m working at the computer. This tends to happen to me more when I’m on the computer at home. I tend to have very strong associations, tying certain songs to certain projects.
There’s a blurring of the lines between repetition and ritual. And the article also talks a bit about how repetition allows us (as listeners) to participate in the song as well:
There are a lot of quotable sections, and it’s a really fascinating article worth a read.