mdg just came to my house with a tube of Pringles and told me that they’ve been experimenting with new ways of recording: they’re in a cage full of aged cats tripping on acid and rabid foxes trying to make an authentic replica of the sound of a full orchestra on the sound chip of a ZX Spectrum.

I gushed with excitement, and we ate the Pringles while watching old episodes of David Lynch’s “On The Air” till late in the night, at which time he said he had to go back to his homeplanet.

I cried for a while at his having to leave, but knew that he had to protect his homeplanet from the invaders.

Then I noticed he blocked my toilet.

An ex of mine once told me, “I’ve never wanted to turn someone’s music off so often in my life.” Given her taste in music this was a great compliment, one that pleases me to this day.  

Recently a friend from an online music forum posed an interesting question to the rest of us regarding the psychology of listening habits.  He wrote, “I spend a lot of time thinking about how a person’s taste in music relates to personal characteristics of the listener. Each time I try to find information about this I only encounter very superficial studies that merely conclude what is intuitively obvious, such as linking certain broad genres to various levels of education and types of lifestyle. (Snip) Since forensic profilers are sometimes able to come up with an extensive personality profile based on relatively small amounts of information I think that, hypothetically speaking, the same must be possible if a large amount of listening data is supplied. I think that the listening habits of any person with a distinct taste is a mirror of that person’s soul and that it can somehow be deciphered into something more meaningful than frequency lists of artists listened to.”

This is something I’ve pondered as well many times.  I’ve never come to any satisfying conclusions only that I notice general tendencies and movements within certain genres and those that seem to gravitate their direction. This becomes more meaningful in my romantic life or with close friendships. I have many times been able to guess or intuit what may move someone and what type so music I might introduce them to given their inner emotional lives.  But gleaning more from this information and applying it more broadly would be infinitely fascinating to me.

I’ve also noted since writing my own music that often what I listen to may subconsciously influence my own production but not as much as one might think.  No matter what I do I still sound like Instruments of Flight, whatever that may sound like.  Oddly the music I make isn’t always much like the music I listen to most and many of my divergent influences come together in interesting ways.  Some of this is tool dependent, namely what instruments, and ways of recording I’m employing at the moment can highly influence how I’m putting together a song or what sounds I’m able to create but still I find that I gravitate towards certain sounds and effects no matter what I utilize.  

Thanks to my friend Guido for reigniting my interest in this subject.  When I have more information I hope to revisit this topic.