Absolutely satisfying study. Not mentioned was the usual suspect, subvocalizing, which is something I always found annoying because: I don’t generally subvocalize and yet words are loud and clear in my brain.
That they’re already there in the mush ready for use whether internal or to be activated externally (such as filling in for vagueness) is satisfying and explains a lot for me.-=–
I’m testing it now.. Same thing. Widor’s 5th is playing in my head. I have access to pipe organs I hadn’t heard in years on a cassette that long ago melted. Not only that, I can change the timbre, tempo, instrumentation, whatever at will. Full audio workstation within.
Reading music though, might depend. Despite a ton of childhood training, reading musical notes is a chore. I avoid. I’d rather play by ear then play by reading.l
Yet, give me a list of chords and my mind will go to town. Chords don’t ask for much. An instrument to fulfill their purpose, certain inversion or whatever they call it. All in the brain already.
Melody’s are simple though. It’s when there’s multiple parts that reading sheet music is irritating.
Very very satisfying to find this out. I’ve always had an audio workstation in my head and wondered how it all worked. That the word sound waves are stored in the goo of the brain ready for use internally or as a filler for vague words tells me that the same is likely true for musical instruments, etc.
Thank you. Deciphering the phonological loop and inner audio has been a long quest to which I never made headway that was satisfactory. This is a satisfactory and I accept it as truth because it mirrors my suspicions. Good.
Waves are stored in the goo. Internal or external activation, doesn’t matter. You have an audio workstation in the brain. Good. Very satisfying. Long term quest and I can relax about it now. https://thereader.mitpress.mit.edu/the-sound-of-thought
What’s cool about Bach that I just learned is that his work was improvisational. It was performed and he moved on. I remembered as a kid learning his inventions thinking how ridiculous it was for us to be playing somebody ELSE’S invention when we should be inventing our OWN music instead.