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  • Music and emotions 2

    We know about the connection on music and emotions. Hopefully the new basic research will give us more information:

    Maybe the new research will also show that computers will be quite valid composers in the future!

  • Sorry. Now it seems to work anyway.

  • Would be interested to record electroencephalogram data when I think, or process thru a composition in my brain. Then compare this data to the anatomical magnetic resonance imaging data when I listen to Christina Aguilera or Rihanna


  • I want my "variator"

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    @vibrato said:

    [It] has a very strict sample for its research - Western music it seems. That in itself faulters their research since they have ommitted India and China which have around 2 billion people. And the musical aesthetics and emotional processing are very different in Eastern cultures - therefore, I think it may be wrong for them to generalise a lot of what they are saying having left out half the world - lol!


    There are also the indigenous cultures of Africa, Australia, North, Middle and South America, the Polynesians, and the other Asiatics, all of which have their own musical aesthetic and emotional processes.

    Be well,


  • I agree with poppajol and vibrato, but the article in the link is absolutely unreadable to me. My eyes glaze over after about two sentences, all my vital functions start to slow, and I begin to lapse into coma, twitching slightly and frothing copiously. So I am not sure what my intellectual reaction to it is.

  • Vibrato:

    Yes, I understood that you just picked a couple of examples. I was writing to support your point which I agree with.

    Be well,


  • LIke William, I got a little ways into the article and stopped reading.

    But the discussion reminded me of a conversation I had with Pat Metheny some years ago. He was telling me about a song he'd written which came to him - in its entirety - while he was walking down the street. Not the IDEA for the song, but the WHOLE SONG, as if he'd known it all his life. I asked him if he'd spent any time analyzing how this kind of inspiration happens. His answer surprised me at first, until I realized that he was probably right. (And I'm paraphrashing from memory here.)

    "I used to think about it a lot. But it struck me one day that if I ever figured it out, it might not work any more. So now my feeling is, not only do I not know...I don't WANT to know. I'm just thankful that it works."

    So much about music is purely intuitive, isn't it? We study and we practice so that we can more easily - or more fully - realize the music we hear in our minds. But for me, where the music in our minds comes from is - and should probably remain - a mystery.

    My goal lately is to feel more and think less...simply follow my emotions and my intuition more fully. Others would have to comment on whether my music is any better. But I know the process of creating it is a lot more satisfying!

    Fred Story

  • I strongly agree with that guy you are talking about. I never can consciously create any musical ideas. They all just appear without any warning. If I think about it consciously, it's all gone. Though developing and creating form, counterpoint, orchestration, etc. is conscious.

    this reminds me of a book I was looking at recently, discussing how many of the greatest scientists created their breakthroughs not by consciously thinking about it, but by intuition, visualizing, or even dreaming. In other words the same way that artists create. But it isn't necessarily "emotion" controlling it - it is the unconscious mind. Which is 99% of all mental activity.

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    @William said:

    But it isn't necessarily "emotion" controlling it - it is the unconscious mind. Which is 99% of all mental activity.


    So THAT explains why i'm highly intelligent, and barely conscious.


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