A simple question that has intrigued me over the years is what is the relationship between music intervals? Are there any studies that have found a relationship between note intervals and the brain? Well here is my answer.
I think I was never a particularly musical person but over the last two years my brain has been working in a way that I’m not comfortable talking about to my friends. I used to have a habit of making music every day while I was commuting to and from work. Most days I would listen to music while I was walking to work and during my lunch break. I would make music because it was a way to relieve the boredom that comes with a boring job or an always-on schedule.
However, I think my brain would rather have music while I was watching TV and doing my homework. I found this to be true for a lot of people. So I decided that I needed to start listening to music more and that I need to make time for music during my time at home, too. I started doing the following.
When you need to relax, listen to some calming music that won’t get you too worked up. When you need to make music, create a playlist and listen to that music while you’re doing something else that will calm you down.
Now, this all sounds great, but there’s a catch. It all depends on the music you listen to. If you listen to music that’s too fast, you will get bored and go back to your other activities. This is called “the speed-up effect.” When you listen to fast music, your brain has to work overtime and it gets worse with each song you listen to because the brain has to compare the current song with the previous one.
With this comes another problem, something called the gap effect. When you listen to music, you are not just listening to a single, continuous chunk of music. You are listening to a song, followed by some other song and then the next one. If you listen to fast music for too long, your brain has no need to compare the current song with the previous one and instead it has to compare the current song with a song that is already in its playlist.
The gap effect is a phenomenon that occurs when we listen to music for too long. It’s similar to a person who listens to a continuous stream of music for an hour or more at a time and then suddenly stops. The brain quickly has to compare the music with some other music that it already has in its “play list.” When you listen to music for too long, your brain can only listen to the music on its “play list.
Now a person has the ability to “hear” a song by listening to it longer than they typically listen to it. A person who listens to a song for too long can become stuck in a loop of listening to the same song over and over again. The brain has to go back and compare the music against some other song.
A couple of years ago I read an article about a musician named Nick Nolte who was a huge music fan. Nolte would listen to an entire album for hours at a time without ever getting bored. When it came time to make the album, he would choose songs that were in the same key and the same part in the song to create the album’s rhythm. This allowed him to create a “rhythm” that made the songs flow together perfectly.
Here was a guy who was going to make a great album. I think he would have been great at it anyway. It’s the same thing in the brain.