Yesterday evening I watched a programme I recorded some weeks ago.
Dara O’Briain’s Science Club was a series that took a somewhat whimsical scientific view of various topics.
The episode I watched was the one where they analysed music. It was interesting and informative. I’m glad I recorded it.
One very interesting segment was where they sent James May [he of Top Gear fame] over to a German university where they analysed his brain waves in response to different types of music. They wanted to see how music affects the emotions. They wired him up and then played what both the testers and May himself agreed was probably the best pieces of music ever composed……
Naturally they then had to compare this with their opinion of the worst…….
What delighted me was that I had to concur with their findings. The first piece is indeed one of my all time favourites.
The second piece made my ears bleed.
To stick it up on the site, I had to record it, and the process made me feel violently ill. A nasty case or aural diarrhea. A cacophony of screeches and discordant wails that thumped through my head for the entire time it took to record. The things I suffer for you lot.
So Bach is best, and Jedward worst.
You can’t argue with science.