Working Out With Music

This might not come as a shock but listening to music can help your workout. For me it just takes my mind off the repetitive exercises I’m doing but there are other benefits. Music can also get you ‘psyched-up’ for your work out.
Read the article here.

Personality Tied to Musical Tastes

There have been multiple studies regarding how yuor personality aligns with you tastes in music.

I recently came across some results that spell it out pretty concisely. Here is the article.

Here is the general gist:

*Blues fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease
*Jazz fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing and at ease
*Classical music fans have high self-esteem, are creative, introvert and at ease
*Rap fans have high self-esteem and are outgoing
*Opera fans have high self-esteem, are creative and gentle
*Country and western fans are hardworking and outgoing
*Reggae fans have high self-esteem, are creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease
*Dance fans are creative and outgoing but not gentle
*Indie fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard working, and not gentle
*Bollywood fans are creative and outgoing
*Rock/heavy metal fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, and at ease
*Chart pop fans have high self-esteem, are hardworking, outgoing and gentle, but are not creative and not at ease
*Soul fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle, and at ease

It doesn’t seem quite fair that all music types are not listing all the same personality traits.
Anyway, now you know.

BBC Radio Chief Wants to Rely Less on Data to Choose Playlists

There’s a good little article here about the head of BBC Radio 1 thinking there should be more editorial input on what songs appear on the popular BBC streaming service. He feels the station relied too heavily on whats popular on other services such as Spotify and Youtube when choosing their own playlists.

I have to agree with him. We need people at these types of stations that can actually listen to music and make an informed decision regarding it suitability to be put on a station.

Less of the Same!

Recovering With Music

I came across this news report about a guy who has had some very tough medical hardships but his love of music is helping him get through it.
Not to sound too corny but music really is the language of the soul.

New SoundCloud Subscription Service

SoundCloud is hoping on the subscription service bandwagon with a new service. SoundCloud Go is the service that promises to provide everything from the latest top 40 to the more obscure stuff SoundCloud is known for.
While there are a bunch of other streaming services these days but SoundCloud aims to differentiate itself by the sheer volume of content.
There will be a free version as well as paid. One thing that SoundCloud will do different is that music owners will be able to decide what is available for free ad what will be paid. That seems to have the potential to make the free service less valuable than other free music services but time will tell.
Check out more info here.

How music ends up in commercials

NPR has an interesting article about how music ends up in commercials. Obviously the company selling the product wants to identify with a certain demograghic but what goes on behind the scenes?
And far from artists considering this a sell out, they are hoping and praying that their music ends up selling body spray.
Check out the article here.

Playing a Musical Instrument is Good for your Brain

A new study has confirmed that playing a musical instrument has many positive side effects for your brain. I don’t think this is particularly surprising. Playing an instrument takes focus and mental exertion which seems like it would give your brain a workout. Another aspect of playing music that might be the factor in brain training is that you need to work on listening skills to be a good musician. This can help in processing audio information, not just music but spoken words also.

Here’s and article about the study.