Blindfold test

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A blindfold test is an interview published in written form in which the interviewee - usually a musician - is supposed to recognize and assess music played by sound carriers .

In the blindfold test, the musician is not shown the respective record. As a rule, excerpts from ten different albums are played to him. After each example he should first try to identify the title and the musicians. Regardless of whether he succeeds or not - in the latter case he will be informed of the musicians involved and further details of the recording - he still has to comment on what he has heard. The blindfold test was invented by jazz journalist Leonard Feather and was first practiced in 1946 with Mary Lou Williams . He first introduced these blindfold tests as a monthly column in the jazz magazine Metronome ; since 1951 Feathers blindfold tests appeared in the down beat .

The blindfold test was “later adopted by other publications as an invigorating process.” In the field of jazz newspapers, this was the JazzTimes , which used the test in various forms as “Before & After”. The German music magazine Sounds and then Musik Express / Sounds also carried out regular blindfold tests with rock musicians .


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Individual evidence

  1. Martin Kunzler : Jazz Lexicon. Volume 1. Reinbek 2002