We've all heard that people that listen to Mozart and similar music are smarter than those that listen to other music. I know this has a lot to do with stereotyping, but I wonder if there is any truth behind it.
As atheists, we are very educated individuals, so I know that by polling you all, I might could get an idea of whether or not there is any correlation between music and intellectual capacity or music and freethought. Perhaps atheists tend to listen to one particular type of music.
Personally, my first choice is rap, followed by classic rock. I know that is an odd combination, but that is the two types of stations that I always tune in to.
What is your choice of music? If you have more than one, you can list them in the order that you like best. Can't wait to see your answers!
I'll just point out some of the bands I listen to, and if you can recognise them, good, if not, I'm not going to explain:
Unique style: Magma (France), Xing Sa (France?), Nicolas Lens (Belgium), Beirut, Ash Ra Tempel (Germany), Buckethead
Experimental: The Maudlin of the Well, Kayo Dot, Ephel Duat (Italy)
Technical metal: Atheist, Spiral Arhitect (Norway), Death (latter albums like symbolic), Gordian Knot, At War with self
Post rock: Godspeed you black emperor (Canada), Mogwai, Cloudkicker, Mono (japan), Pirat ship quintet (?) and so on
Neoprog: Marillion, Porcupine tree, Blackfield (Israel), Darwin's Radio, Everon (Germany), Riverside (Poland), The Flower kings (Sweden), Bacamarte (Brasil), Mew (Denmark)
I'm very multicultural with my bands :) (if i didn't write the country it's probably GB or USA)
But I do listen to (let's say) normal music like:
Elp, Rush, Yes, Camel, Supertramp
Peter Gabriel, Andy McKee, Kieth Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Allan Holdsworth
Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Regina Spektor
The Mars Volta, Muse, Beatles... did I finally get to something you all know ;)?
To much information?
I did listen to the Nile, but never got used to it :(
At War With Self is made by the guitarist from Gordian Knot, so if you liked gordian you will love At War With Self :)
Atheist is cool, samba jazz technical metal, can't get better than that. Didn't like the new Jupiter album though.
You and I have very similar tastes - plus you're the ONLY other person who listed Lacuna Coil!! I love them, and Christina Scabbia is HOT. I really like "Our Truth".
And I also like Tool, and Maynard's side project, A Perfect Circle. "Judith" is a fantastic "atheist" song.
Ha, as cliche as it is, I do actually listen to Mozart. Beethoven is good, but JS Bach is my favorite. I make the joke that if the "artist" (composer) hasn't been dead for more than 200 years, I don't know who they are, and I don't care.
I do listen to Plain White T's, and Pink. Enter the Haggis is awesome too.