research: music and memory

25 Oct 2004 - 7:03pm
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hilhorst
2004

Marcos Weskamp and I are currently working on a project that links
music and memory, at Interaction Design Institute Ivrea. At this point
we are collecting data to populate the database that will be used for
the visualization.

In a form we have put online we ask you to mention a specific song that
you relate to a memory. Do you have a specific song that reminds you of
your first girlfriend; that cool wedding of your best friend; a summer
vacation? We are sure that you can find plenty examples! You can even
sketch out your memory, among other things! It's great fun, really!

http://www.nundroo.com/memory/form.php

Your help is greatly appreciated, thank you! Feel free to send this
form to other people too! Oh, yeah, and we would like to collect the
data pretty soon, actually within the next 2 or 3 days.

note:
Your privacy will be protected, obviously, all the data used is
collected anonymously and strictly used for academic purposes (not sold
to others etc.) As you can see we do not ask for a username or email or
any personal information. We are interested in the stories, and how
music relates to memory.

Didier Hilhorst
IDII. http//www.interaction-ivrea.it

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26 Oct 2004 - 4:41pm
Petteri Hiisilä
2004

> Do you have a specific song that reminds you of
> your first girlfriend; that cool wedding of your best friend; a summer
> vacation? We are sure that you can find plenty examples! You can even
> sketch out your memory, among other things! It's great fun, really!

That is likely. That sounds like a big part of why songs exist :)

But do you study it other way around too? At least for me it goes this
way (too): when I hear a brilliant song, I won't forget where I heard it
the first time. The scenery, place and even time gets tagged into my mind.

First Metallica song? Seek & Destroy: In my cousins room, when I was
maybe 10 years old.

First Dream Theater song? Images & words (the whole album): When I was
taking a guitar lesson at the age of 13.

Trio Töykeät's Kudos, track 2: driving in Satakunnankatu, Tampere,
Finland, two years ago :)

The last one is a great jazz trio, by the way. The pianist is a genius.
Take a look:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00008PT1G/qid=1098826740/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/002-2860618-8353662?v=glance&s=music
http://www.musicfinland.com/triotoykeat/press.html

Best,
Petteri

27 Oct 2004 - 2:40am
hilhorst
2004

> But do you study it other way around too? At least for me it goes this
> way (too): when I hear a brilliant song, I won't forget where I heard
> it the first time. The scenery, place and even time gets tagged into
> my mind.

We are currently building a visualization (GUI) to display the
collected data. The interface will enable users to browse the data in
different ways, including simply listening to music (but, as you can
imagine, that results in an mp3 player... not exactly what we are
looking for in this case).

The final deliverable will be made public if all goes well. If so, an
update will of course follow! In the meantime any new entries are
always much appreciated (please refer to previous email to this list).

Didier.

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