A musical brain
Here’s a song that I came across today. I can’t understand the lyrics, but its solemn tone is striking.
I had stumbled on this group’s performances before, after reading a post discussing how musical components may be influenced by the relative cognitive strengths of the people who produce them. See here over at Dusk in Autumn:
First, I’m discussing music composition — not performance or criticism. The two central features of music I examined were were melody (roughly, how a “voice” develops through time) and harmony (roughly, how separate melodic voices interact with each other or how they’re stacked on top of each other at any given moment). These are thus often referred to as the “horizontal” and “vertical” aspects of music, respectively. The two central features of cognitive ability I examined are the verbal and spatial “shadows” of g (different particular shapes cast by a single general factor), as measured by standard IQ tests. I noticed a similarity between melody and verbal skills, which deal with mostly serial processes, and between harmony and spatial skills, which deal with more parallel or simultaneous processes.
East Asians, whose cognitive abilities are biased towards spatial ability, tend to give emphasis to harmony in their music. Perhaps this music appeals to my Chinese side.
I will add that Blacks have been noted to have a stronger sense of rhythm; I do also like things with a good beat, such as this.