Music Tastes

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Andy wrote on January 1st, 2010 at 5:41 PM PST:

Kind of fun diagram! 🙂 I would love to see more of these here, Eugenia.


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Eugenia wrote on January 1st, 2010 at 5:49 PM PST:

Thanks! I updated the diagram btw, to also show range, as this way it’s more indicative.


Andy wrote on January 1st, 2010 at 5:57 PM PST:

Wow, i thought about exactly that (“the music taste is not just one point”) … Excellent!


Jara wrote on January 2nd, 2010 at 4:40 AM PST:

I really admire your self conscious way of thinking – someone likes something I do not = they are “brainless hipsters”.

Weird there is so many of them..

I would appreciate more humble approach.


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Eugenia wrote on January 2nd, 2010 at 12:08 PM PST:

Why? I rarely have “humble” opinions. They’re just opinions.

As for the hipsters, I would like one of them to explain why they like that kind of music. I can and have already explained why I like the music I like. So, I’m all ears. I’m eager to understand their likes. If I understand them, problem solved.


Jara wrote on January 3rd, 2010 at 5:03 AM PST:

The thing is you can not always rationally explain why you like something and art is a great example of this. It is not about understanding, it is about respect.

There is no need to understand them, just let them have their opinion. They’re just opinions.


Jani wrote on January 3rd, 2010 at 8:03 AM PST:

I think there’s a flaw in that diagram.. no offense intended but seriously what on Earth is traditional Greek music doing in the extreme popular end of the scale???? May I suggest putting it somewhere below the diagram? Or far above it, as in above all criticism? 🙂


Yanni wrote on January 3rd, 2010 at 8:42 AM PST:

Is bitchfork hipsters really all that experimental? Isn’t it really just crappy music people have convinced themselves that it’s good? You should extend the table to include crappy music to the right of the experimental music.


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Eugenia wrote on January 3rd, 2010 at 12:30 PM PST:

>It is not about understanding, it is about respect.

If that was true, Pitchfork and all other blogs wouldn’t exist because no one would criticize anything.

>traditional Greek music doing in the extreme popular end of the scale?

It’s not on the scale. It’s OFF the scale if you look closely! 🙂
The guy has no appreciation whatsoever for western music. I tried for 20 years to get him to like pop music, to no avail. I guess, you could say that he’s the real hipster in the whole story. 😉

>Is bitchfork hipsters really all that experimental?

A lot of the music they listen is pretty experimental, yeah. The bands getting the high-fives are under the “experimental” moniker on their wikipedia pages too.


Vast Majority wrote on January 4th, 2010 at 12:04 AM PST:

I like all sorts of music (but it has to be good). Just curious, where does stuff like Balinese Monkey Chants, Bulgarian Women’s Choir and Beethoven Symphonies fit in on your chart? Additionally, is Throbbing Gristle no longer considered “experimental” music?


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Eugenia wrote on January 4th, 2010 at 12:11 AM PST:

Probably towards popular music. You see, in their countries, what sounds like “world” music to us, is “popular” to them.


Vast Majority wrote on January 4th, 2010 at 12:33 AM PST:

I suppose if it was music you never heard before and had no information as to the origin or context, it might sound VERY experimental. But to others familiar with it, it is “popular” music.

Exposure and perspective.


zima wrote on January 5th, 2010 at 6:37 AM PST:

Last.fm and associated tools work quite nice for such visualizations, especially when it comes to few people and comparison of their musical taste…there are often few surprises, if only because self-reflection is usually a bit deceiving (notice how you put yourself in the nice place in the middle, not too popular or uninspiring music, not too experimenta or weird; none of the extremes, you’re “just right”)


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Eugenia wrote on January 5th, 2010 at 10:00 AM PST:

I don’t use Last.fm though (I have an account that I never use), neither none of my family does at all. My placing is how it is actually. And it’s not “just right”, it’s quite on the experimental side, because I do listen to experimental music. Music that my husband finds it to be “noise” for example, or too weird.


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