Saturday, 24 May 2008

Square Arrow Triangle Dance*

So I stumbled across the AMVI theory via Neatorama and it seemed like an interesting idea:

AMVI: Associative Musical Visual Intelligence

"Associative Musical Visual Intelligence is a type of intelligence that's difficult enough to define, let alone test. Many creative people can associate across sensory domains: they "hear" hints of shapes and can "taste" the essense of colors. At its most extreme this phenomenon is called syntesthesia. However, I believe that creative people subconsciously employ elements of syntesthesia every day when attempting to think of things in new ways. This test attempts to measure one's ability to associate musical phrases with abstract shapes and symbols."

So I take the test (disclosure: I do have A level music and Grade 8 flute but at the time of the test I had also sunk a couple of fairly large gins) and get 95% (19 out of 20) which is :

Maybe I'm wasted in investment banking. At the very least, I should pick up the saxophone again :)

* this will mean nothing unless you take the test - in fact, I'd be interested in your scores -> comments please!


  1. I didn't complete it, because after a few questions it became patently obvious that I didn't really understand what I was supposed to be doing.

    For info, the one I did get right is the one where it had more than two symbols to depict the piece of music - I couldn't understand the two symbol ones at all.

    Is it something you can be trained to do, do you think? I just ask, because I breeze through all sorts of spatial awareness and 3D object tests (that women are supposed to be poor at) purely because I did Tech Drawing to O level and spent a lot of time being taught to visualise objects moving and translating it to a 2D vis.

  2. Good question, I'm not sure if it can be taught or practised, or even if it's of any practical worth!

    But for me the symbols just immediately and obviously represented the types of musical passage, the differences between the various layers and the tonal movement over time.

    I imagine it's another one of those psychological classifications, like people who can effortlessly pack a car boot to ultimate capacity (but obviously that is quite useful :)

  3. I can do that. I'm also good at tetris. I'm wasted as a housewife.

    I might do that music test again, see if I can get through to the end. Maybe :)