Re: Emotional Association with Structure/Patterns/Sounds


Subject: Re: Emotional Association with Structure/Patterns/Sounds
From: mopani (mopani@tiscali.co.uk)
Date: Wed Sep 28 2005 - 16:53:52 EDT


www.jameswyness.org.uk
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From: "Morgan Sutherland" <skiptracer@gmail.com>
To: <cec-conference@concordia.ca>
Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2005 7:57 PM
Subject: Emotional Association with Structure/Patterns/Sounds

> 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.
>

There is, but it comes from the East. The whole tradition of Raga is based
on our emotional and spiritual response to tones relating to a fundamental
and it goes back a long way. Try W. A. Mathieu's "Harmonic Experience:
Tonal harmony from its Natural Origins to its Modern Expression" for
starters.

Sincerely

James



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