In this post I’ll tell you guys a little something about improved memory “induced” by music.
What I collected on info in the last 18 years or so.
Listen to a lot of different music styles:
I get it. You mainly dig RnB or Pop, or even Heavy Metal. Keep an eye open for experimental and new sound. I recall the hype that Dubstep got 10 years ago. Most of the people hated. Suddenly every track on the radio had a Dubstep remix of its own. After that Trap followed and now we’re at the verge of some very repetitive Hip Hop tracks. I know a friend of mine isn’t
on top with music. He asks me here and there what a remix is or what’s the name of the genre of a certain song. The answer to all this is: There is no 100% clear answer. Form your own arguments why certain sounds have certain genre-related names. It’s like a blank canvas or a map. You decide which areal gets the most focus and what its neighbours of the genre
are. At some point you have a good idea what you like and what you dislike. I know I’m a sucker for certain genres. These genres have very repetetive sound structures and I know I fall for these kind of tracks almost every time. Let’s take some Classic piece for this example. I knew a few very good Classic tracks. But I know more of ’em sound just filled. I hear how
the composer cramps in note after note after note. For me, a generic classical composer just puts notes after notes that sound in correlation good, but nothing more. Then there is the dynamic audio range, the part when a song is quite in one second and loud in another second. I personally hate it. It’s like jump scares. A cheap effect in my opinion just to keep you
listening on an active level. Jungle, Drum & Bass, Breakcore for instance are genres that I like generally more. You automatically have some plus points on my side when you show me stuff in that area. Only when you try to sound very bad you might miss me as a listener with this genre. The dynamic range isn’t to hardcore and you can partially predict the sound
while expecting new song structures. This is all a personal preference, I know, but remember that you also aren’t able to listen to every genre with the same grain of salt, because we’re human beans. 😉
So keep that in mind when you want to ask:”Why does music improve my memory?”
Stranger music – clearer perception:
I remember years after exactly where I listened to which track. Sometimes it’s even the other way around. I listen to a track and a see a place in front of my mental eye. I highly recommend the track “Cyanescens – Improve Your Memory” in regard to that.
Play various instruments, ideally everything you can grab:
Over the years I got a fat bunch of instruments for very low price. Some of them might not sound as good as they used to or some need very expensive supplies and all that, but you can get ahold of a lot of instruments, just by strolling around. In my case I got some shredded instruments as a trash-man in my side job, or by asking around related people of mine or friends.
Tell them what your plan is. Hell… a friend of mine got me like 5 instruments or so, without even really bothering. He stumbled over the opportunity to get some instruments and he thought about me. Connections are a big plus on this one. Hypothetically speaking you can get your hands on very expensive gear if you’re a well known musician. You might even
borrow some of those instruments. Record ’em and give ’em back. You now have some knowledge about the properties of the instrument and you spent only some time on the instrument, without spending one single buck! Another thing are sites like eBay, Amazon, Thomann, Gearslutz. There are also some free VST plugins out there that allow you to play certain
instruments for free. You might want to search in that regard stuff in Google like:”free vst plugin modular synthesizer” or “open source vst plugin”. VCV Rack is a good example. Modular synthesizers are in a price range of a rarely used new car. I gotta mention that I also fell for the trap by getting myself the NATIVE INSTRUMENTS KOMPLETE 8 ULTIMATE EDITION
bundle. Yes, it has a lot of instruments, effects, big sample libraries, top notch high fidelity, good support and easy installation. REAKTOR is one part of this big pack. I spent basically 200,00,-€ for something I didn’t understand back then and even now understand barely. I could’ve saved myself 200,00,-€ with that knowledge back then.
We live in a throw-away society. You’re hungry? Drive to McDonalds and order a burger. Wait maybe 5 – 10 minutes on a bad day. Spent 3 – 4€ or $. Finally get a bite. Realize you bit in a cold burger. Throw it away because you can’t stand cold burgers. You either drive furiously home and waste some
time or you even complain at the manager why it was cold and drive home and waste even more time. Consider the time and money saving you could’ve made if you just borrowed some recipes from a neighbour or took a walk or drove to the next supermarket. Made yourself the burger or bought
even fast-food burgers for your microwave. I hope my analogy wasn’t to far-fetched… anywho… you see how I took the McDonalds-route by wasting 200,00,-€ for nothing. 6 years have passed and I used REAKTOR in my whole lifetime somewhat about 1 hour.
Idealy: Do other things related to music:
Read note sheets, watch films and see how they use scores nowadays. Lot of scores only have some kind of filler-function. Playing tracks like these on their own, isn’t enough. Music like that can only co-exist with the motion picture they were intended to, but maybe you might stumble over a original
soundtrack that blends in with the video game or the film / series and even withstands on its own. Even I rarely do all of the above. I should also mention that it wouldn’t be wrong to see artists live to get a drift on how they perform. Kinda hard to keep such a big hobby alive in all aspects. This
is just a suggestion. Not a to-do list what you have to do perfectly all the time. Just save it in the back of your head.
That’s all from my side. If you guys got some tips on what I missed out, then please let me know it in the comments below.
Thank you for your attention, have a lovely day. =)))