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The type that only listens to full albums

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  • Posted on: 2018-02-25 03:40:48



    This is something I relate to a lot. Usually when approaching a musical artist I like to see how they construct their albums, and it seems like respecting the artist more by first approaching their songs in their album content, before I start listening to them separately for my own enjoyment. But even so the experience is more enjoyable sort of knowing the placement of that song in its album. Without that it's sort of like a lost island.

    And I never know what songs I'll actually end up enjoying the most. Often times it isn't the singles or popular ones, so listening to full albums serves a dual purpose.

    • Posted on: 2018-02-25 03:43:02



      I feel it's got to be an INxx thing but I'm not sure about the rest.

    • Posted on: 2018-02-25 04:53:00



      Oops meant "in context" not "in content".

    • Posted on: 2018-02-25 05:22:00

      strawberry crisis


      Would it be fair to call it a "J" thing? Your takeaway bears an intuitive undertone, but "only listening to full albums" seems like something that would require self-discipline in a way I imagine intuitive judgers may be most aligned with. I don't really see it being too major a factor in practice since perceiving/judging doesn't really relate to this kind of discipline in a way that would show any kind of substantial trend, but by using "only," I would imagine it does tie back to a notion of judging-related discipline which does extend beyond the idea of observing and preserving? the art itself.

      I actually have met more INPs who listen to their music album-by-album than INJs, but I think the idea of doing so is very much more related to how seriously they take art than anything and I would agree that it's hard to take it any further than just I and N. When we were given a choice to perform a play either all the way through on an off day or to perform only a small portion of it during the day, a close friend of mine—a very strong ENFP—staunchly advocated for performing the entire play on that off day in fear of "ruining the atmosphere the play sets by cutting it short." I actually find it super interesting that most people I've met with such an attitude happen to be INPs, even though I wouldn't really say they're proportionately more likely to be that way compared to the INJs I've met. I just imagined it to be a very J thing, but it really is just about how serious someone would be in protecting art for what it is, and that doesn't happen to be a J thing insomuch as it happens to be an IN thing.

    • Posted on: 2018-02-25 06:55:12



      It's hard to even call it self-discipline because it's not like I'm suppressing some sort of latent desire really. My desire is really just to find something to enjoy and it seems like the best way to maximize the experience. The biggest J music fans I know do seem to have better discipline than I do, like an ISTJ I know who plans many albums ahead, in order, and then catalogues their opinion on the album in a review. With me it's like "do I feel like listening to an album I never heard before? What am I feeling?" This can also be interpreted as F in some weird MBTI tests, like I am deciding things based on how I'm feeling at the time - it's very mood based.

      I guess the question is - does the "loose" approach I and other P's tend to take with regards to music extend into listening to exploring music as full albums, for example? Also do INxPs really take art seriously more than INxJs? I think the latter question sort of goes both ways. P's are more about the experience, maximizing it and feeling more of "personal connections" but INxJ's will have a more detached "watching from a distance" perspective. Something I've noticed about J's is they come up with these analyses which seem borderline academic after listening to something. It's like they are dissecting the pieces of the music rather than actually listening to it and letting it overtake their senses. So maybe it's just that P's and J's value different things, and I'd say the P attitude would also just lead to an overall more intense appreciation of art in general.

      So I think with you're not going to find as many INTJs taking music seriously maybe, but when they are prone to take a systematic approach, like listening to full albums, but maybe for other purposes than simply some kind of preparation for immersion. Which I guess is basically what you said.

      I also have a weird thing about having trouble getting immersed in movies quickly so I like watching them in pieces, but a few episodes into a TV series, I will get totally addicted and immersed and binge it. But I guess it's similar to movies because usually watch the first few episodes at a time. But it's always this idea of "prioritizing the experience". If I felt for some reason like the atmosphere would be ruined by cutting a play short though, I'd take the same side as that ENFP, because that is ultimately what is important to me.

      INTJs of Pitchfork Media, I forgive you. You don't immerse yourself in music, but you are loved in the universe.

    • Posted on: 2018-02-25 08:27:23

      strawberry crisis


      Wow, you've uncovered a whole new layer of application here with the perceiving and judging attitudes that I'd totally never really shown an eye toward. The best way to characterize the p and j approaches to art may just be that they're "different," and I think just that idea itself is fascinating enough to make something out of. I completely see what you mean with perceiving being more whole and immersive whereas judging would take a more cut up and scruitizing approach to the music. 

      "Prioritizing the experience" may be the best way to put the perceiving attitude in perspective, I think. I would imagine with ambiguity, indecision, and hence immersion, the experience itself may be the most important aspect for a perceiver to swallow while I think judging would have its mind on other things. This reminds me actually! A lot of judgers I know would get hung up on the idea of knowing what they want to experience and what they plan to experience so much that I almost feel like they aren't really experiencing things for what they are in the moment. I think in this respect, they can be very "future-oriented" with their minds always set on some particular thing they're after and trying to seize everything around it to make it so. 

      But in art's context, I think it gets super interesting because these two different attitudes will have completely different takeaways from art in general, and I'm more inclined to believe that perceiving is more into the explorative, open-ended side of it than judging. I wonder actually—are judgers more inclined to rate works of art than perceivers? It might be too scrupulous an analysis, but I would totally assume so if these attitudes translate to their extreme manifestations.

      I think by now it's fair to say that the discipline attached to listening to albums at a time isn't really very judging at all as much as it is just patience and appreciation. But with you perceiving albums being the art format itself for music, I think it makes total sense that discipline doesn't really even work its way into the equation. I never really thought of music as whole albums and listening to people talk about "structure" and "flow" in an album is hard for me to grasp because I've never really seen albums as a greater thing tying songs together as much as just a list of releases on a set. I also just have a lot of trouble listening to whole albums at time because once I hit a "block" with the music, I can't really go any further and end up skipping around…but I might just not have a lot of that patience people who digest art more fervidly tend to have. I went against my friend about the play because I was honestly somewhat apathetic about the performance and didn't really wanna wait to do it another time. It is I think once again a matter of appreciation and care for the art and there are different methods of going about it where P and J would certainly differ like you've pointed out, but they don't really go one way or another with how much care is actually placed into it—that's probably just up to the consumer. And that dedicated consumer might just be an introverted intuitive!