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13 May 2006 @ 12:22 pm
University College London wants my genes!  
...for their Musical Listening research project.

This test was a mystery to me. While I knew I wasn't *completely* tone-deaf, or else I wouldn't enjoy music as I do, I had assumed that I was the next best thing to it; I've sat through many a conversation about how awful and offkey some singer or song was, when I was enjoying them. And I cannot sing in tune.

I wasn't terribly confident taking the test, either. A few of the tunes were very obvious, with one wildly off note, but often it was a matter of 'I think that bit was not quite right', 'that final couple notes was deeper, maybe'. Yet I scored 27 out of 30. And when they asked me to take a second round of the test for confirmation, I got 28 out of 30.

Yet, I cannot sing. I will not start a round of happy birthday at a birthday party, because I know it not only go off key, it will barely resemble the song. I cannot sing Christmas carols, I cannot sing rock songs, I cannot sing the simplest melody in tune.

And I grew up in a musical family; my father singing as we drove home after family holidays is one of my oldest memories. My mother is an opera fanatic. My sister was all-county chorus. My brother had something close to perfect pitch when he was young and had a band with his friends when he was older. But I cannot sing; I still remember the growing dismay and mutual incomprehensibility as I and the music teacher stared at each other when as an elementary school student I tried out for chorus with my friends. The teacher would play a note on the piano and asked me to sing it, and I just gazed at her in confusion.
bomb dot com: fma : ed : flamelglass_houses on May 13th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
I got 25/30. Not bad.
Lauratavella on May 13th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's not an easy test.
Lanamuliebris on May 13th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
Obviously there's a new musical career that doesn't require making music, American Idol Judge. In the next test you have to make snarky comments about teenage girls.

I'll cross my fingers!
Lauratavella on May 13th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
Hey! That could work. I can bring the snark1
S.K.T.: (dgreyman) determination - stand up!tsukishirou on May 13th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
That's a good score~! ^_____^-

I got 28/30 the first time, and 29/30 for the email retake thingie. But then, my family's not a musical family, and I remember getting into a lot of arguements with them for me to stay in choir. But I was also a lead singer in my high school choir for two years, so I bang my head at the fact that I made mistakes on this test. >_O

My friends used to tell my back in elementary school that I was always totally off key, though. XD
Marithmarith on May 13th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
Wow, you are good. I got 25/30, and indeed it is not an easy test. But fun.

Ooh, and they mailed me about continuing too. Perhaps this will entertain my parents. Thank you for the link!
keenoled marvelkeenoled on May 19th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
Hey. A response to your comment.

"And while yes, Matt's right, it was badgerbag's perfect legal right to do it, I think it was rude as hell. And I don't think it's really equivalent morally to the fact that fanfic authors don't ask permission. CSI and JK Rowling have great big bullhorns; fanfic authors are just quiet little kazoos playing around down in the underbrush. And while the Tiptree is a much smaller bullhorn than those of CSI/JK, it's still a very big one compared to fanfic authors, and yes I think it's the responsibility of those with the power to take care when people haven't asked to be publicized."

Very nicely put. :)
And I didn't want to respond on that other place, because the unmotivated aggressiveness from the woman who decided to take it personal scared me. If I tell you I agree with you, she might decide to chase me down and shoot me like a dog or something. Jebus christ. So. Um. Nicely put. And, it's *just* stories. Black marks on white. Maybe I could tell her that? *grin*
Lauratavella on May 19th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, she's kind of amusing me too. Possibly Liz Henry is a personal friend or something, thus her need to foam at the mouth.
keenoled marvelkeenoled on May 19th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
Sounds like an explanation. I've never understood that type of thing, though. My friends can defend themselves, they're very clever grown up people. I don't like hearing people talk trash about them, but my reaction is more like "Hey, could you not talk like that, it upsets me. An you should probably talk to Jane about that, not me". I can take care of my own enemies, I'd be insulted by an act like that. Like, can't I take care of myself, is that what you're saying? Sheesh. She's reacting worse than if it had been about herself.