Monday, June 12, 2006

Ring Tones for Teens, Catchy Songs, and Canary Music

As if to prove my point about aging, students are now using ring tones teachers can't hear. Since most of us gradually lose the ability to hear high-pitched sounds, teenagers are now using this in class. I tried. I can barely hear it, but I still do.

Scientists asked what makes a song catchy? That is, what makes a musical combination stick into our memory, plug itself into our brains even if we dislike the song?
No definite answer but a combination of: familiarity (similarity to music we already know), cultural connection, repetition both in listening (like hearing it over and over on the radio) and in having the chorus (or some short part of the song) repeat over and over, as well as a particularly appealing performance.

Don't ask me how but sexy songs induce larger Canary eggs:
A new study reveals that female songbirds alter the size of their eggs, and possibly their chicks' sex, in response to hearing a sexy song from a male.



Patry Francis said...

I had to turn it up all the way to hear it. Good thing I'm not a teacher...

Deborah said...

The teachers may catch on when the kids start having one-sided conversations that are unrelated to class.

Fred Charles said...

So they actually found a way to make cell phones even MORE annoying? Amazing!

Melly said...

Patry, as long as you hear it ;)

Deborah, probably, although it's more for SMSs so... smart kids!

Fred, it's actually the adults who started this with Mosquito, wanting to annoy kids by putting this on store fronts to avoid loitering. Came back to kick them in the behind, I'd say.
Yes, annoying all the way!