Dienstag, 27. Januar 2009

"Newborn infants detect the beat in music"

This just in:

A group of psychologists discovered via experiments that newborn infants are able to detect the beat in music ... Well, what they did was measure electric brain responses to sounds. If confronted with 1) a standard beat and 2) the same beat with omitted downbeats ("the ones"), the brain will respond to the omission.

Does it prove that beat perception is an innate and universal ability? Or does it simply prove the brain will recognize when some kind of regular feature of a sound sequence is violated (aka the beat changes)? You may decide for yourself and read the full article here.

Talking about BEAT .. I'll leave you with a couple of tunes that are as minimal, raw and heavy on the beat as can get:

T La Rock - Breaking Bells

Sha-Quan - Don't Fess

Run DMC - Sucker MC's

(Look out for a young Vincent Gallo)

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