This kid… ever since he first saw the iTunes visualizer at maybe 6 or 7 months, he has been totally mesmerized by it. He loves the damn thing. I was just now letting it run on full screen while listening to some of my new tracks from the iTunes Store and he climbed up into my lap and just sat there, staring again. Still the same effect, at 2 years and about 4 months of age. When he was still an infant, I’d sometimes just park my PowerBook in front of him and he would be entertained for a good half hour or more. Sometimes he would kick and wiggle like he was dancing, while other times he’d just sit there and stare at it like he was in a trance.
It’s really interesting to see his association with visual motion and musical sounds in this way. It is an unique reaction for him – nothing really holds his attention quite as well, except for maybe Monsters, Inc. or Toy Story. But you can see the expression on his face when he listens to the music and sees the visualizer at the same time. You can tell he is studying it closely, soaking it in, listening and seeing the music at the same time, assembling something inside his little brain. I suspect there is something important going on here that has to do with child development, education, and musical training. At the very least, he is paying attention to some good classical and jazz music. And perhaps it is a good way to progress his intellectual development in other ways, too.