Re: Emotional Association with Structure/Patterns/Sounds

Subject: Re: Emotional Association with Structure/Patterns/Sounds
From: Kenneth Newby (
Date: Wed Sep 28 2005 - 15:52:47 EDT

Philosophy in a New Key: A Study in the Symbolism of Reason, Rite, and
Art. Susanne K. Langer. (particularly the chapter: On Significance in
Feeling and Form. Susanne K. Langer.
Emotion and Meaning in Music. Leonard B. Meyer. 1961
The Psychology of Music (Cognition and Perception). Diana Deutsch. 1998
Deep Listeners: Music, Emotion, and Trancing. Judith O. Becker. 2004

Try not to get caught in ethnocentric traps...


On 28-Sep-05, at 11:57 AM, Morgan Sutherland wrote:

> Could somebody point me in the direction of research/books/ideas about
> why certain structures and patterns resonate on different emotional
> levels to different people. Questions like, why are some chords "sad"
> and others "scary". Why do we like the stander
> verse-chorus-verse...... structure and all that jazz.
> I feel like there should be a significant amount of research in this
> area. If there is not
Kenneth Newby Computational Poetics
School for Interactive Arts & Technology
Simon Fraser University 778.858.0359

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