These responses were collected Wavin’ Flag, a song by K’naan and performed by a large collection of Canadian pop musicians as a fundraiser for Haiti after the earthquake of 2010. It was included because the music made the listener cry the first time they heard it on the radio, around the time of the earthquake. The following video is close but not exactly the radio cut used in the experiment.
These responses were collected The Littlest Birds, a bluegrass tune by The Be Good Tanyas. This song and all the harmonies were very familiar to the listener. It’s an extremely effective earworm.
These responses were collected Visiting Hours, a studio recording of spoken word poetry by Shane Koyczan. The recording had been in the listener’s library for a few years, but it was not regularily heard. The following is a different performance of the same piece.
The music these responses were collected to was Tune-Yards’s Bizness, from the Whokill album. The listener was familiar with this piece and album when they started the experiment.
The music these responses were collected to was Sigur Ros’s Varuo, from the Valtari album, release in 2011. These responses are of the listeners first 24 hearings of this particular piece of epic post-rock.