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Do you think Asperger's affects music taste?
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14 Jan 2015, 10:11 am

I have an interest in most kinds of music.

I particularly like early blues, early jazz, early rock-n-roll, doo-wopp, and psychedelia.

I also like classical--because of its infinite variety; whereas popular music tends to be somewhat formulaic as far as the actual "music" is concerned. The lyrics in popular music range from total inanity to total sublimity.

I don't like "gangsta" rap and "New Age" music.

I don't think my ASD affects my tastes in music.



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14 Jan 2015, 12:18 pm

I'm not sure. Myself I prefer metal, classical, electronic, and even Gregorian chantings. I have some more mainstream bands, but most people who look at my playlist only recognize a few names.



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14 Jan 2015, 6:38 pm

I got into Gregorian Chant when I went to the Cloisters in New York City at the age of 15.

It's really haunting, in a transcendent sort of sense.



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14 Jan 2015, 6:51 pm

Surely anybody who is on the outside of normality whether it was for neurological, cultural or psychological reasons would not be drawn to popular music?



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14 Jan 2015, 7:07 pm

Many people with alternative neurology ARE drawn to popular music.



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14 Jan 2015, 7:13 pm

Interesting but is it because of their neurological make up or a psychological need to connect to a perceived standard of normality. I think music taste is probally largely psychological regardless of neurology.



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14 Jan 2015, 7:54 pm

I believe it's psychological/emotive, for the most part.

There might be times when alternative neurology might lend itself to "unusual" musical tastes--but I don't think musical taste is, in most cases, purely a function of neurology.

I don't find much difference between the musical tastes of people with ASDs and NT's if the ages of the individuals considered are similar (i.e., they are in the same "generation").



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14 Jan 2015, 8:18 pm

Sure we might research the hell out of bands and stuff we like, but no I don't think it influences what we like. Life experiences will influence what we like though. So Asperger's may cause us to have certain life experiences, which will then influence what we like.

I'm going to change that a little, hypersensitivity in one's ears may create certain preferences, as I have no interest in heavily base driven pieces.


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14 Jan 2015, 8:26 pm

I tend to like bass better than higher notes. I dislike extremely high notes.



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14 Jan 2015, 8:29 pm

kraftiekortie wrote:
I tend to like bass better than higher notes. I dislike extremely high notes.

When I say base, I suppose I should say I refer to the Bass cannon


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15 Jan 2015, 1:00 am

Certain popular songs by artists like Iggy Azalea, Magic!, Meghan Trainor, and others that people like I just find to be ear poison. Even Taylor Swift, who I used to like, I absolutely can't stand what she's putting out now. IMO, she's just become a sellout. Some of my likes on the other hand are more unusual. I often find myself drawn to a lot of soundtrack music, especially the ones with a dramatic choir, and several Broadway tracks from Aida, Cats, Phantom Of The Opera, and Wicked. I also have a fondness for opening and closing tracks from popular Animes like Attack On Titan, Dusk Maiden Of Amnesia, and Future Diary.



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15 Jan 2015, 7:01 am

I think general knowledge of music and musical experience affects taste more than neurology.

It depends on what you're used to.

If someone is used to eating homemade from-scratch Macaroni & Cheese, they're not going to like the boxed version much.

But, in my personal experience, I think my cluelessness growing up and being really out-of-touch with the world of "popular entertainment" was related to AS and did affect my musical tastes at least somewhat. I still am out-of-touch, and my kids keep me current (sort-of.)

I did a lot of roller-skating in 1984-1986. I am very familiar with popular music from that time because it was always played in the rink. I even like/d some of the songs. But, I would have never become familiar with them without the roller rink. Those songs did not help me define my overall taste in music, but I still get a good feeling when some of them come on the radio if I am in a store. I might even sing along.

I think the internet will be changing things more & more, as listeners have more control over what they listen to. The internet offers unlimited choices whereas, in comparison, radio stations have a limited selection based on what they think their listeners want to hear, or based on what the record companies are promoting. How often does the same exact song come on on the radio throughout the day. I don't even turn the radio on. It's much better to just listen to music on the internet. Kids these days are becoming familiar with music from before their time and from all over the world.

I think that's a good thing. :D



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16 Jan 2015, 12:26 am

Before there was the autism explanation there was New Wave to show me that my weirdness and fun could be compatible or as Wikipedia puts it
"According to music journalist Simon Reynolds, the music had a twitchy, agitated feel to it." "A nervous, nerdy persona was a common characteristic of new wave fans and acts such as Talking Heads, Devo and Elvis Costello. This took the forms of robotic or spastic dancing, jittery high-pitched vocals, and clothing fashions such as suits and big
glasses that hid the body"

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16 Jan 2015, 1:54 am

I don't know about "weird", but I do find that I'm frequently drawn to overtly complex music, such as progressive rock, math rock, etc., stuff with lots of time changes, key changes, unconventional structure, etc. I find I get enveloped in it much more than typical 4/4 pop/rock music and I often love deconstructing lengthy songs and figuring out how they're structured.

ASPartOfMe wrote:
Before there was the autism explanation there was New Wave to show me that my weirdness and fun could be compatible


It should be noted that New Wave pioneers (and overall geniuses) David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Gary Numan are both diagnosed with Asperger's, yet their music was not as overtly "weird" as Devo or The B-52s. David Byrne had a really awkward, jerky stage presence and made a lot of strange yelping noises in his music, whereas Gary Numan was more quiet and withdrawn.



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16 Jan 2015, 10:15 am

nerdygirl wrote:
I think general knowledge of music and musical experience affects taste more than neurology.

It depends on what you're used to.

If someone is used to eating homemade from-scratch Macaroni & Cheese, they're not going to like the boxed version much.

But, in my personal experience, I think my cluelessness growing up and being really out-of-touch with the world of "popular entertainment" was related to AS and did affect my musical tastes at least somewhat. I still am out-of-touch, and my kids keep me current (sort-of.)

I did a lot of roller-skating in 1984-1986. I am very familiar with popular music from that time because it was always played in the rink. I even like/d some of the songs. But, I would have never become familiar with them without the roller rink. Those songs did not help me define my overall taste in music, but I still get a good feeling when some of them come on the radio if I am in a store. I might even sing along.

I think the internet will be changing things more & more, as listeners have more control over what they listen to. The internet offers unlimited choices whereas, in comparison, radio stations have a limited selection based on what they think their listeners want to hear, or based on what the record companies are promoting. How often does the same exact song come on on the radio throughout the day. I don't even turn the radio on. It's much better to just listen to music on the internet. Kids these days are becoming familiar with music from before their time and from all over the world.

I think that's a good thing. :D


Growing up in the 90s, I listened to a lot of the popular boy bands, rock bands, hip-hop groups and country artists of the decade going forward into present day, but, at the same time, my dad would play a lot of the music from when he was growing up like hard rock, heavy metal, hair metal, disco, R&B, classic country, and even pop from back then. So not only did I grow up with Backstreet Boys, Evanescence, Keith Urban, Miley Cyrus, Usher, Shania Twain, Linkin Park, and Rascal Flatts but I also became quite familiar with The Beatles, Judas Priest, Journey, U2, Heart, Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston, Def Leppard, Poison, Queen, Elton John, and many more. I'm pretty sure that the argument could even be made that growing up during the Disney Renaissance and watching the movies that came from Disney at the time gave me my love for Broadway musicals.