What does earwig mean
How is a catchy tune created?
The best way to approach the answer is to ask: When does it arise? A catchy tune is a song that we involuntarily reproduce in our head without consciously controlling it. Figuratively speaking, it is as if there is a song in us that somehow “wants to get out”. We listen inside and hear something that may even encourage us to hum or sing along. Incidentally, for me this is one of the strong proofs that music is deeply rooted in human nature. That we - very often - especially when it is quiet around us, fill this acoustic vacuum in our own head with music - with melodies that just come into our heads, and especially with catchy tunes.
Studies have shown that earwigs usually arise in a rather low-irritation environment or situation. It doesn't have to be silence, it is enough if there is not a lot of exciting happening around us. Ironing, cooking, driving a car, gardening, going for a walk - routine activities that don't require a lot of concentration. At the same time, it was found that people who listen to a lot of music also have a lot of catchy tunes. So if you are drawn to music, you are obviously more susceptible.
Can you say what characterizes a typical catchy tune?
Scientists from Kassel have investigated this. Accordingly, it is mostly songs - i.e. pieces with text. Pure instrumental pieces can be catchy tunes, but rarely. Second, they are often pieces that each person associates with some memory. It doesn't necessarily have to be a reminder of a specific situation; sometimes we also associate certain pieces with a very specific mood or phase of life. And it doesn't always have to be - this is interesting too - music that you personally like.
Nevertheless, there is apparently no “catchy formula”. There are certainly a few requirements that a piece has to meet. This includes a catchy melody - ideally one that is "loopable" in the broadest sense, so where you end up at a point that almost invites you to a da capo, so that the head has it easy to start the melody again to let. Those are good prerequisites.
Then a simple rhythmic structure - everything that can be moved well in rhythm is good. Take a Mahler symphony. It also has catchy melodies, but they rarely lead to a loop. And they also don't invite you to move rhythmically. Therefore, they have a rather low earwig potential. Generally speaking, however, catchy researchers like Prof. Jan Hemming from Kassel say: There is no real recipe; you can create a few prerequisites, but ultimately catchy tunes have a lot more to do with the individual than with the structure of the music.
And is there an explanation why there are catchy tunes at all?
That has been relatively poorly researched and one can only speculate about it. But the brain is often active, even if we are not consciously controlling it - it produces dreams at night and all sorts of memories come to mind during the day. And catchy tunes are also a kind of acoustic memory. We also know that people with severe hearing impairments also experience catchy tunes. But what goes on in the brain when it produces catchy tunes has hardly been researched. It has z. For example, nobody has ever observed with a brain scanner what happens in the brain when someone “catches” a catchy tune. That's why, says Jan Hemming, you don't know exactly where it comes from in your head.
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