The Guardian recently posted an article detailing the connections between British postal codes and musical ability. Everybody slow down, Bow E3 is a ‘hype ting’ but there is empirical data and some interesting takeaways. Clearly there are exception to every rule but on this site we are lovers on both music and data and statistics so this seemed in the vein of our typical reporting.
Interestingly, it was the categories that seemed more objective such as ‘melodic memory’ and ‘beat perception’ that showed the strongest statistical correlation with wealth.
The article on The Guardian contains a table of melodic memory as it correlates to geographic region, but the short answer is we need to be hearing grime from Hastings and West Somerset. By the way, yes Hackney did make the top 10 list.
- People had better “musical sophistication” in periods of their lives with more flexibility, such as at school, university or when they are self-employed.
- Late adolescence is where a peak stage is reached for sophisticated engagement with music.
- Gender and ethnicity explained “very little” when it came to musical ability.
- People working in music, media and education keep their links to music throughout their life.