Monday, January 10, 2011

How Musical are You?

Here's an excerpt from the BBC Lab UK press release:
‘How Musical Are You?’ was designed by BBC Lab UK in collaboration with academics from the Music, Mind and Brain group at Goldsmiths, University of London. The scientific data will be analysed to establish whether people who are untrained but passionate about music can be just as musical as people who have been formally trained.
Take the BBC test. Perhaps we can give them a realistic sample.


Øyvind Jo Heimdal Eik said...

Thanks. I wonder, though, are the musical clips in the first test supposed to be incredibly short, like half a second? It kinda sounds like an error in the test.

Elaine Fine said...

I skipped that part. It didn't make any sense to me. I also found the on and off beat part confusing, since most musicians think of on-beats and off-beats differently from the way non-musicians think of it. "In rhythm" would be better terminology.

The tap-along section was also ambiguous. Were you supposed to tap with the meter or with the divisions of the meter?