Fighting The Default Mode was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0321: Let’s Active.
Mind-wandering is an internally-oriented cognitive state somehow opposite to focused attention on a task or on a specific sensory input. Sad music, compared with happy music, is associated with stronger mind-wandering and greater activity of the nodes of the Default Mode Network. Thus, when listening to sad music, people withdraw their attention inwards and engage in spontaneous cognitive processes.
Make a short piece of music that decreases the mind’s tendency to wander, based on research by Dr. Liila Taruffi, PhD, and her colleagues. Recommended musical/acoustic features: bright timbres, high pitches, much pitch variability, rising pitch contour, fast tone attacks, medium-high sound level, very little microstructural regularity.
Fighting The Default Mode was written for Piccolo, Baritone Saxophone, Tambourine, Glockenspiel, Xylophone and Celesta.