Re: Math Equation Predicts Musical Reactions

Subject: Re: Math Equation Predicts Musical Reactions
From: Paul Doornbusch (
Date: Thu Jul 22 2004 - 22:44:34 EDT

Indeed, most disturbing that someone is being paid for this, and in
my damned country too. I know how scarce research funds are here,
and to see large slabs of it spent in this way is extremely
disappointing, to say the least, when there are many more interesting
and relevant areas to investigate. I'm tempted to write a letter to
the responsible govt minister.

As president of ACMA (Australasian Computer Music Association), and
wearing that hat, I can say that Emery Schubert has not to my
knowledge presented his research to any ACMA Conference (we've just
had one in Wellington, New Zealand) and it is not indicative of the
computer music research that is undertaken and discussed in this
part of the world. All I can say that such research would receive a
vigourous discussion if presented at an ACMA conference.


>>On Jul 22, 2004, at 8:52 AM, Li-Chuan Chong wrote:
>>>This is most disturbing. '_'
>>Disturbing that someone is getting paid to research this.
>>Two people can have absolutely polar reactions to the same piece of
>>music, while the third person couldn't give a damn. It's impossible
>>to predict emotional responses with an algorithm. In other words,
>>this professor has no idea what art is about.
>Well, it's a painfully crude scale he's using. What does 'arousing'
>mean, anyway? ;)

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