Repetition in Music

My colleague, Lisa Margulis, has a great Ted-Ed video summarizing her new book, On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind.  Lisa, Brian Kisida, and I recently published an article together in the Psychology of Music on how student experience of a musical performance is altered by receiving information about the music.

Let’s see if this information alters your experience of music.  The question in Lisa’s book (and video) is why we like so much repetition in music.  Lisa provides the answers:

And in case you need an example, here are the Vulgar Boatmen playing Drive Somewhere, which I think captures repetitive pop perfection:

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