Re: Math Equation Predicts Musical Reactions

Subject: Re: Math Equation Predicts Musical Reactions
From: Li-Chuan Chong (
Date: Thu Jul 22 2004 - 08:52:55 EDT

This is most disturbing. '_'

> Subject: Math Equation Predicts Musical Reactions
> By Anna Salleh, ABC Science Online
> The power of music to convey a certain emotion can now be predicted by a
> mathematical model, an Australian psychologist has found. Emery Schubert
> of
> the University of New South Wales will report the first study of its
> kind
> to mathematically quantify the emotional impact of music at the
> International Conference on Auditory Display in Sydney in July.
> Schubert has developed a formula that relates features such as the
> music's
> loudness, tempo and pitch to an emotion perceived by the listener. "With
> my
> formulas I can play a piece of music and predict what emotional impact
> it
> will have," Schubert told ABC Science Online.
> He found that the loudness of a piece of music was the most powerful
> predictor of whether the music was arousing. Next in line was tempo: the
> faster the music, the more arousing the music.
> - from Roger Clough

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