Music for Your Autistic Children

I remember when I was young, and I heard Fatboy Slim and Chemical Brothers. While others found it kind of robotic and repetitive, in my mind the music kept more of a beat, not to mention, my ability to fill that music in with imagination. My taste in electronica rose by the time I heard Squarepusher and Aphex Twin at an age of about 10 or 11. No one, even the pop stars and metal artists which eventually made its way more on television could tear me away from the imaginative takes with Electronic music. Now, I listen to more psycedelic music, for the  same thing: the wonders of both imagination and the ability for music to have so much life that, to those who have synaesthesia, music feels like a lifeform.

The more I notice my Autism, the more I seem to find one of the positives in music: whether there is creative slates in music, there is a shred of imagination that goes with it. Especially, if you are talking about specific genres from Psychedelia to Electronic music.

Think of it this way. You can either just listen to music for what it is, or you can use that music as a portal and soundtrack to some motion picture or world no one has ever seen. Anyone with Asperger’s may be more able to do the latter than the former. That’s why psychedelic music, electronic music, or music with a conceptual thread can be perfect listens. To give you a good idea, let me give you an example of bands to introduce to your asperger child, if they aren’t listening already.

1. Beck
An amalgamut of musical experiments can’t be wrong. And music that can’t be bothered to be classified in one simple genre feels like a nice alley to go to when picking up an album for those with aspergers, and Beck has went down to making a cosmic hip-hop album, a blue eyes soul album, 70’s psychedelic rock, folk…

2. Chemical Brothers
Dance music that sounds like it is in essence from either the fuutre or your heart. Any type of music with the sun in its sound can be a winner for an Asperger kid. Start with Surrender to possibly peak their interest.

3. Squarepusher
IDM may sound like music made to cover a PlayStation, bu there is more to Squarepusher than that. There is the fun in the music, as well as expert scoring and Tom Jenkinson’s bass playing. Squarepusher is one of those band’s where it is interesting to create your own mental adventures to. Not to mention, if they take interest in creativity, this can be a nice artist to build upon.

4. The Beatles
The band that served up the wonders of love and peace. They were the original guys to ever do it and install a bit of musical positivity.

5. Animal Collective
Aimal Collective is at least the type of psychedelic band that you’d want to play to your kid. Panda Bear’s lyrics or his voice is delivered as though it came from a man with a child’s soul, with Avey Tare as thepossible wild instinct of a human. Animal Collective is all about music moving to the straight future, with hte soul and life of a kid running free and wild in a park.

6. The Flaming Lips
If there is any band that both makes you feel like a child, and serves up positive (albeit: strange) vibes, just the way an Autistic kid might enjoy it once he is older, The Flaming Lips is a good band to start with. I’m not just saying that because theyt are a psychedelic band for everyone’s enjoyment, as well as their ability to drop their inhibitions. But Wayne Coyne’s voice sounds as youthful and unsure of the world, as they might be, when they are on a search for truth in the universe. Someonbe around here once said that Asperger children are likely to grow up to b truth seekers, right?

7. Four Tet
Electronica with occasional drops of hip-hop and the soul of the new folk revival, Four Tet is made for playing music in the sun or to soundtrack good days, and life to. But mostly, the reaso nwhy Aspis will love Four Tet is because the musical hops can be both a challenge as well as a travel back to memory lane.

8. Max Tundra
Max Tundra’s music hops so much in circles and around that the ADD direcytion from A to B won’t really confound, so much as impress an Asperger child.

9. Spiritualized
Save the love and the gospel references, if ever you need music that is worth spacing out to, or worth feeling like an astronaut to, Jason Pierce conducts the music for your kid to feel like they are flying to. In fact, Spiritualized makes records to feel to

10. Mars Volta
Mars Volta, like your othe progressive rock bands, takes time, work and patience, and this can be a patience and mindbender for any Asperger teenager or adult willing to listen. Decoding the lyrics, Omar’s space-tinged orchestration…and also following the storyline, if there is one, while learning some new terms along the way. If your Asperger child likes a band or music where they can work for satisfaction in their music, Mars Volta can be your best bet.

The point is that when it comes to music, Asperger’s may be likely to take it more as just something to listen to. It can be something to imagine to, something to think about, something to feel to. Don’t be surprised if they feel like the music is a part of their being, rather than entertainment value.

What types of music do you enjoy?

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