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Music app fun but wrong

Submitted by on 19 May, 2020 – 4:32 pm

Personality tests are fun rubbish, in line with horoscopes and fortune tellers. I have taken a bunch of them over time, both offline and online, and never learned anything consistent or surprising about myself. The results are always in imprecise, yet flattering, language that’s very unlikely to contest : Hmm, I suspect I like being with folk, and I enjoy parties. And yet, I also enjoy quiet time to myself, as well as considering the character of the universe. Signal Patterns offers a twist on the “know yourself” personality test site. As well as the standard personality survey–which seemingly shows that I am cultured, clever, and arranged ( why, thanks. ) –it has added a test ( available Wed. ) that claims to identify one’s “musical personality” based totally on forty music samples, each lasting just ten seconds. The examples in my test were all by obscure artists, so, in principle, you will judge them without bias. ( though, thru a strange coincidence, I used to play with a drummer who also played with one of these artists, Anna Coogan and North nineteen. The difficulty is, you will not tell anything about a song from 10 seconds. I would hate a cheesy synthesized introduction, if the remainder of the track is the standard RB ballad, but I’d like it, if it is Beck or Funkadelic, which border on parody.

I’d hate a rockabilly tune with hiccupy vocals, but love a good Reverend Horton Heat tune or Rapid West instrumental. Example : my Music Patterns result asserted my most preferred trait is complexity, followed closely by instrumental ( rather than vocal ) songs. True–I’ve got a hint of a prog-rock fetish, and love instrumental freak-outs like Battles. But it claimed I hate relaxing music–tell that to my fully scratched Bill Evans and sort of Blue LPs–and do not like unhappy music, which would not envision that I own each single Pink Floyd recording ever released, often on vinyl.

( though I have never personally seen Zabriskie Point on wax, and do not buy used LPs sight-unseen, I have still got the cassette. ). Some of the app’s decisions for me look reasonable, though–Ornette Coleman and Anton Shoenberg showed up in the top tier.


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