Why do songs improve with repeated listening?

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Why do songs improve with repeated listening?
« on: 06/09/2008 15:57:33 »
Jay asked the Naked Scientists:

You know when you listen to a song at first, and its not great, and then you
decide to listen to the same song again a while later and its starts to sound
better, and you like it after repeating it. Why does this happen?

What do you think?

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« Reply #1 on: 07/09/2008 01:21:25 »
I am no expert, but I believe after repetitive hearing and our brain coating all its lovely memory juice over each neuron of sound memory.. or what have you that it becomes ingrained in our head.. a permanent memory and a part of us... so eventually it becomes familiar and we are creatures of habit and we are comfortable with familiar thing and they make us feel good.... Like going home... or homemade bread.. or an old irritating Sister..Lol you love dearly irritates the soup out of you, but you know her or the song and you are familiar with it or her.. used to it so to speak... s it really isn't so very bad! LOL!!! My version anyway.....
« Last Edit: 07/09/2008 20:09:23 by Karen W. »

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« Reply #2 on: 07/09/2008 12:28:48 »
I think it could be because the song doesn't contains ideas or sounds that you can immediately relate to - you can't clearly identify anything within it that means anything to you.  Over time however, you may learn and realise what these songs are about, why they're the way they are and then be able to relate to them.
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« Reply #3 on: 07/09/2008 12:59:10 »
It's all to do with the breeding of familiarity. Same goes for films...in fact, same goes for any experience that is enjoyed using any of the senses..

Regarding choons specifically, There are some which you'll never like...this happens with me...but occasionally, one does grow on you....you become used to it.....even begin to enjoy it......

..there is an opposite effect too....where familiarity breeds contempt !
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« Reply #4 on: 07/09/2008 18:53:56 »
...where familiarity breeds contempt !

I think it was one of the Huxleys who said familiarity breeds children. [;D]

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« Reply #5 on: 07/09/2008 20:11:21 »
hee hee hee...

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« Reply #6 on: 11/09/2008 14:35:56 »
Ever listened to Celine Dion? Surely an exception to the rule.

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« Reply #7 on: 11/09/2008 14:54:38 »
I have.. Actually Like her .. she has a incredible voice!

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« Reply #8 on: 11/09/2008 18:41:53 »
...where familiarity breeds contempt !

I think it was one of the Huxleys who said familiarity breeds children. [;D]
I find that familiarity stops you from breeding as you get bored with the same old moves. Or is that just me.
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« Reply #9 on: 11/09/2008 18:43:51 »
PS some tunes get me in the mood though. I guess that is a repeated listening thing. If you did something sexy to a tune once, when you her that tune again it reminds you of that moment.
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« Reply #10 on: 12/09/2008 06:08:39 »
This forum is helpful to know about the information about the science. And also it gives the information about the breeding of familiartiy.
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