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  1. I just ran across this article, and It seems to coincide with personal experience especially when considering top-40s radio from 40-50 years ago that I've recently been collecting and demastering (some of which requires significant demastering EQ from their original released condition to make more listenable). The breadth of music genres and their variation to which we're individually exposed at a young age seems to set our music complexity preferences. I've noticed the music preferences of many people that I see across this site and other hi-fi and music BBSs. The relative willingness--or unwillingness--of regular contributors to share and/or stretch the breath of their music preferences seem to say a great deal about the relative breadth of music experiences from our younger years. The channels of where that music came from tells me a lot about individual life gestalt and breath of acceptance of differing views in general. My experience in this area indicates that it is wise to keep experiencing new music genres and new music in general that differs from that which we've heard before...and to make sure that we expose our offspring to as wide a palette of music as is possible, not just that which is heard through commonly available sources (notably radio and mass music distribution channels). YMMV. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5374342/ Repeated Listening Increases the Liking for Music Regardless of Its Complexity: Implications for the Appreciation and Aesthetics of Music Abstract: Psychological and aesthetic theories predict that music is appreciated at optimal, peak levels of familiarity and complexity, and that appreciation of music exhibits an inverted U-shaped relationship with familiarity as well as complexity. Because increased familiarity conceivably leads to improved processing and less perceived complexity, we test whether there is an interaction between familiarity and complexity. Specifically, increased familiarity should render the music subjectively less complex, and therefore move the apex of the U curve toward greater complexity. A naturalistic listening experiment was conducted, featuring 40 music examples (ME) divided by experts into 4 levels of complexity prior to the main experiment. The MEs were presented 28 times each across a period of approximately 4 weeks, and individual ratings were assessed throughout the experiment. Ratings of liking increased monotonically with repeated listening at all levels of complexity; both the simplest and the most complex MEs were liked more as a function of listening time, without any indication of a U-shaped relation. Although the MEs were previously unknown to the participants, the strongest predictor of liking was familiarity in terms of having listened to similar music before, i.e., familiarity with musical style. We conclude that familiarity is the single most important variable for explaining differences in liking among music, regardless of the complexity of the music. Chris
  2. http://www.audiostream.com/content/losing-touch-popular-music
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