Nota Bene

I have been busy this weekend with a two-day Iron Wire seminar (which is turning out to be one of the most interesting and esoteric experiences I’ve had in 32 years of kung-fu training), so for tonight I’ll just leave you with an engaging little diversion. It’s an online test of your ability to perceive and remember musical tones.

A tip: pay attention! Here it is.


  1. Kevin Kim says

    Rats. 88.9%. Just shy of “exceptional.”


    Posted September 23, 2007 at 7:13 am | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    That’s about where I came in too, and I’m a musician, and have spent 30 years recording and mixing. So don’t feel bad.

    I never got any wrong by saying they were the same when they weren’t. In two cases I thought the same melody was being played in different voicings (i.e, using the same notes in a chord, but in different octaves). Must have been fooled by the harmonics in some of those synth sounds they were using.

    Posted September 23, 2007 at 7:55 pm | Permalink
  3. 58.3%
    Pitch perception problems or attention deficit

    Can’t say I’m surprised, really.

    Posted October 2, 2007 at 3:11 pm | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Sorry… it’s tricky!

    Posted October 2, 2007 at 3:12 pm | Permalink
  5. No, seriously, if there’s any scientific basis in this, the results don’t surprise me.

    Not only am I tone deaf, but I am wont to have the attention span of a fruit fly.

    Posted October 3, 2007 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

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