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Re: Emotional associations with timbres and note intervals

That would be very interesting to see. I'm very new to the area , so please keep me informed with any outcome . I am very interested in how that kind of software would develop . I think you may want to try establishing a relation as of BPM (Beats per minute)


John Proctor wrote:
That sounds very interesting too. Is it correct that below the threshold we may receive information subliminally that could then influence our perception of later sound events by increasing out sensitivity to them? I would be really interested to hear about this as I'm sure it could be used (and probably already is used) in musical composition to create greater impact by "preparing" the listener for an event without them being aware of it. I would have thought that it could also be relevant to sound compression as if we remove everything from a recording that is not perceived consciously then it is possible that some of these subliminal effects may be lost.

My personal interest in these things is driven currently by an attempt to develop a new type of composition software that allows the user to start with ideas such as experiences or emotions and then follow associations through an interactive algorithm to the point where a complete audio recording of a piece of music has been produced. It's pretty ambitious but that's why it's interesting.



Adrian Attard Trevisan wrote:
Hello John

That is well interesting , I'll see if I come across something like that in my research . I'm working on "pulsation treshholds" at the moment for my dissertation , in order to identify when the ear perceives sound in different pulses and when it does start transferring whole chunks of information to the Auditory Cortex .

Would be very interesting to combine both answers as I'm very interested in Artificial Intelligence . Im sure with Python and C++ a software to emulate Emotional Sounds can easily be developed .

Adrian Attard Trevisan
Msc Student
Ear Institute
University College London

John Proctor wrote:
Hello All,

Has anyone on the list done any research or have any thoughts or opinions on the reasons for the spontaneous experience of particular emotions on hearing certain timbres or note intervals. Some such sounds appear to posses a quality of happiness or sadness but it is difficult to say why. Is this emotional reaction inherent in our auditory/emotional systems or is it conditioned through early exposure to sounds such as laughter or crying? If it is inherent, then is there evidence that it is inherited through a process of evolutionary selection? Or is there some other explanation that I am missing? I'd be really interested to hear people's thoughts on this as it's been on my mind a lot recently.


John Proctor
Humanoid Sound Systems


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