Can you learn to love music you hate? Researchers at the University of Melbourne think you can. Recent research suggests that dissonance, when music sounds ‘wrong’ or ‘harsh’, is a lack of understanding or familiarity rather than a physical reaction to certain sounds. The Atlantic reports:
“[The researchers] took 19 non-musicians and trained them to identify the pitches of certain chords. Ten sessions later, the participants were better at hearing notes. They also reported that they found those chords to be less dissonant than other chords that they hadn't been taught, regardless of how technically harmonious they were.”
We’re unsure of the exact real-world applications of this research, but we can tell you that no matter how many times we hear ‘Agadoo’ by Black Lace we’ll never learn to love it.