The affect of short musical sequences with different melodic contours

Authors

  • Joshua Salmon Dept. of Psychology, Dalhousie University, 1355 Oxford St., NS B3H 4J1, Canada
  • Bradley Frankland Dept. of Psychology, Dalhousie University, 1355 Oxford St., NS B3H 4J1, Canada

Keywords:

Acoustics, Correlation methods, Gesture recognition, Regression analysis, Melodic contours, Musical sequences, Octaves, Regression coefficients

Abstract

A study was conducted to investigate the relationship between music and emotions, using different varieties of music and emotions. Two groups of participants participating in the study were exposed to 16 short musical sequences, to find out the relationship between music and emotions. Each group rated a set of 16 8-note sequences on six affect scales, which were designed to be contained within the two octaves above and below middle C, with an equal number of sequences above and below C4 musical sequences. The Participants rated every possible affect scale/musical sequence combination twice, for a 16 (sequence)×6 (affect scale)×2 (times) design. The regression coefficients were calculated for each of the 16 sequences and then correlated to the mean responses, provided by the participants. The results indicate that the ascending sequences were given more positive ratings than descending sequences.

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Published

2006-09-01

How to Cite

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Salmon J, Frankland B. The affect of short musical sequences with different melodic contours. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2006 Sep. 1 [cited 2021 Oct. 16];34(3):34-5. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/1809

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Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada