On a side note: Why music improves your memory

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. =)))

10 Replies to “On a side note: Why music improves your memory”

  1. Hey, cool read here. I agree that music can do wonders for memory and the soul. I also listen to meditation music to help with memory and to calm down. Gone are the days of listening to Metalicca, punk music and other more aggressive music which I used to listen to during my mosh pit days. Lol It’s strange how at the time music defined certain periods of life but it’s a good part of how we remember our past. Well written and easy to read and relate to.

    1. Yes, I feel what you are saying. I actually switch on a daily basis between Ambient music and Heavy Metal, but I know everyone has his or her own pace. You must have quite some vivid memories because of your musical past, I suppose.

  2. What a great article. I can remember the lyrics of a song from 20 years ago, but struggle to remember when my next dentist appointment was booked.
    In saying that, Music is everywhere in our house. But to experiment with new sounds and playing different instruments sounds like an interesting idea.
    A few things you mention here, i have never heard of, like VST plugins or Reaktor. So i will be looking into it more.
    Thank you for a great read.

    1. Thank you for your kind words.

      Sometimes melodies pop up in your head and you can’t get them out.
      Allegedly only smelling good or bad stuff in combination with an event is stronger related to memory. You can better memorize a freshly baked pie by a relative than a good song you heard last month, which makes me personally a bit sad.

      REAKTOR is quite “hardcore” I’d say. If you’re totally new into digital instruments aka VSTs, you should try out the free demo version of FL Studio. I produced around 4 hours of audio material just by clicking around and trying out ideas.

      It’s easy to learn and you get the basics. Modular synthesizers like REAKTOR or VCV Rack demand quite some focus, time and energy. I’m still quite stumbled what is possible and what not in that area.

      Try out FL Studio for 1 – 2 months. If you still say it’s to simple you’re ready for REAKTOR & VCV Rack.

      Step by step, just like it is with WealthyAffiliate or learning a new language. =))))

  3. I’ve heard about using music to improve memory before. I listen to neurohacking music with binary beats on a regular basis to help my brain become more plastic while I’m learning, as well and I’ve seen that you can also enhance math and language skills with learning to read music.
    Great post, thanks for sharing.

    1. I love how every aspect is always applicable with every other aspect.

      For example:
      Autechre – Gantz Graaf
      https://youtu.be/ev3vENli7wQ
      The video is a kind of visualizer to the sound that is playing.

      The band “Tool” used in some songs unconventional song rhythms that form a parabola.

      Aphex Twin made a song that you can convert into a picture and in this picture you can see his grinning face.

      The same thing is also vice versa possible. Take a picture and convert it into sound.

      The only difference in the Hz of sound in regards to the Hz of light is the number.
      There are equations out there like 100 Hz is a bass sound. Add 3 zeros and you got 100.000 Hz, which is a black/brownish colour.
      15.000 Hz is a very high sound. Add 3 zeros and you got 15.000.000 Hz, which is yellor/white-ish.

      The numbers I mentioned are wrong, but I know that a lot of mathematical professors stumbled over this phenomena many times.

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      If you’re into such sounds, then I can recommend Dark Ambient, Ambient, New Wave, Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock or Drone music. I’ve listened to a lot of Dark Ambient and Drone over the years. I also like to work and / or do chores / learn while hearing that kind of music.

      There are even programs out there that allow you to make your own Drone sound and stuff like that very easily!

      Thank you for reading.

  4. I just LOVE your post!

    My work team is very musical and get together at a colleague’s house usually every season (next get together is next week). It’s a pot-luck, BYOB and one guy brings his guitar and song book that’s a good 2″ thick. Another guy brings a mini drum set and we’ll all sit out on the deck playing and singing songs. It’s just awesome.

    I’ve always wanted to play the banjo (odd right?). I’d love to get one cheap and learn and I never thought that people might be just getting rid of things and not wanting them. This has actually got me motivated to post an ad on our Used site and see what happens.

    1. Sounds utopic!

      I wish I had musically interested friends. My buddies are into artwork. Which isn’t bad since it gives an optic component to the audio itself. But jamming together sound downright perfect!

      The band Primus uses the Banjo quite frequently AFAIK or Buckethead.

      I also like the sound of it.

      Wish you’ll find the proper one for you. =D

  5. Great read! You`re definitely correct, music improves memory. Also, in some studies i read, learning to play a musical instrument changes brain waves in such a way that it improves an individual`s listening and hearing skills.
    Having said that, i should start learning a musical instrument.
    Thanks for sharing this article.

    1. Yes, indeed, it’s never wrong or to late to learn an instrument.

      Some people might thing they need to max the learning results and start with playing violine extremely long in the beginning and drop the hobby immediately because they forced them to quickly.

      If you’re a triangle type, grab a triangle and if you like shakers, try out only shakers.

      I always liked the idea that I can play and record various instruments on PC and even mix and master it for myself and release it. Basically a whole record company in one single person. You can do all that or only focus on one single task. You are your own limit in a way. That is why I’m quite thankful to live in a period where high end PCs are affordable & available for middle-class people like myself.

      Good luck with your plans.

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