Monday, September 8, 2008


CBC, Canada - Fans of heavy metal music are gentle, creative people who are at ease with themselves, which makes them very similar to fans of classical music. That's the finding of a new study at Scotland's Heriot-Watt University of the link between peoples' personalities and their choice of music.

Adrian North, the professor behind the study, said he was surprised at the similarities between fans of classical music and heavy metal, especially their creativity and generally shy natures. "The general public has held a stereotype of heavy metal fans being suicidally depressed and of being a danger to themselves and society in general. But they are quite delicate things," he said in an interview with the BBC. . .

"We think, what we think the answer is, that both types of music, classical and heavy metal, both have something of the spiritual about them - they're very dramatic - a lot happens."

The study of more than 36,000 people from six different countries found that people had more in common with fans of their favorite music in other countries than they had with fellow citizens who preferred different styles of music.

North describes it as a new kind of tribalism, based on musical taste.. . .

Jazz fans tend to be creative and outgoing, with high self-esteem, in keeping with the innovative and sociable nature of the music.

Country western fans were found to be hard-working, but introverted, fitting with the blue-collar image of country music.

The research concluded soul music lovers are a well-rounded bunch - creative, outgoing, gentle, at ease with themselves and with high self-esteem.

Rap fans are outgoing and far from gentle, while indie music lovers lack both self-esteem and the work ethic.

"Researchers have been showing for decades that fans of rock and rap are rebellious, and that fans of opera are wealthy and well-educated," North said.

He also made a link between income bracket and musical tastes, with more affluent consumers liking more exciting, punchy music while those lower down the pay scale preferring more relaxing sounds.


At September 8, 2008 7:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Country western fans were found to be hard-working, but introverted, fitting with the blue-collar image of country music"

Apparently of the 36,000 people from six countries studied, none was a Texan.

At September 8, 2008 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently someone doesn't know much about math and statistics.

At September 8, 2008 3:54 PM, Blogger Lars said...

So then, if we like all of these kinds of music, what does that make us?

At September 8, 2008 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smarter than the average bear, lars.

At September 8, 2008 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duke Ellington said first, Willie Nelson has often repeated it afterward;
"There's only two kinds of music, good and bad."

Serious musicians tend to hold respect for any sincere expression through music. Recognizing validity in a vast array of styles demonstrates a sensitivity to the essential core of musicality. Worth noting at this point, one needn't be an accomplished performer to qualify as one in possession of higher musical sensibilities---musicianship is a state of mind as much as anything else.
cheers, and flat five to all you hipsters and daddios grovin' out there on this sweet, swingin' sphere.


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