Experiencing Music (08-09-21)

De Fleurian and Pearce studied the implications of  specific aspects of musical experiences and it seems likely that their findings can be extended to soundscaping generally.  The researchers report that “Chills experienced in response to music listening have been linked to both happiness and sadness expressed by music. . . . we conducted a computational analysis on a corpus of 988 tracks previously reported to elicit chills, by comparing them with a control set of tracks matched by artist, duration, and popularity. We analysed track-level audio features . . . across the two sets of tracks, resulting in confirmatory findings that tracks which cause chills were sadder than matched tracks and exploratory findings that they were also slower, less intense, and more instrumental than matched tracks on average.”

Remi de Fleurian and Marcus Pearce.  “The Relationship Between Valence and Chills in Music:  A Corpus Analysis.”  i-Perception, in press, https://doi.org/10.1177/20416695211024680