Some musicians and composers have a brain disorder that allows them to “see” music as colors or shapes. This sensory disorder is called synesthesia. Mozart is said to have had this condition. He said that the key of D major had a warm “orangey” sound to it, while B-flat minor was blackish. A major was a rainbow of colors to him. This may explain why he wrote some of his music using different colors for different music notes, and why much of his music is in major keys.
This video is by Caravan Palace, which is a French Electro swing and Gypsy Jazz band based in Paris. The band was formed after three of the band members were hired by a film production company to provide the soundtrack to silent pornographic movies.
People love music for much the same reason they’re drawn to sex, drugs, gambling and delicious food, according to new research. When you listen to tunes that move you, the study found, your brain releases dopamine, a chemical involved in both motivation and addiction.
This chart compares peoples SAT scores with the music they listen to. The x-axis represent the SAT score while the colored boxes indicate the music genre and the artist / composer.
Erwin Schulhoff (8 June 1894 – 18 August 1942), a Czech composer, pianist and communist, composed Sonata Erotica for female voice solo in 1919. As the title suggests, his Sonata Erotica doesn’t leave much to the imagination: the solo female vocalist moans, gasps and giggles her way through the score in an extended musical orgasm.