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11 July 2013 @ 08:35 pm
Around two months ago I posted in this community a link to research on musical emotion, now I would like to thank everyone who participated and tell you about some results.
My primary aim was to research the musical features that are correlated with emotions, but this is too technical to discuss here, so I'll just discuss the "psychological" side.
It turns out, that men and women prefer different music based on its emotional content. The difference was quite small, but men prefer more solemn and calm music, while women prefered nostalgic and sad music.

Moreover, listeners seem to define an emotion differently depending on genre.
Listeners of classical music feel "amazement, wonder" mostly when they hear quick, joyful music, while listeners of electronic music feel amazed when they hear dark, awe and fear inspiring music.
For listeners of classical music nostalgia is a sorrowful and tragic feeling, and for listeners of rock term "nostalgic" applies more to quite, slow and calm pieces.

Here is a graph, which shows how music in different genres induces in its listeners different emotions.
Pop music induces mostly tenderness, nostalgia and calmness. Electronic music induces tension, joyful activation.
Classical music induces mostly calmness, solemnity or joyful activation.

graph-popularity

Thanks to everyone who participated and if you still want to take part in research, its still going on and probably in the end I will be able to build a better computer algorithm for music classification.
A link to survey:
http:// www.emotify.org
 
 
26 June 2013 @ 07:18 pm
Claudio Abbado
A happy 80th birthday to Claudio Abbado today!
 
 
25 April 2013 @ 06:02 pm
Hey orchestra lover,

I'm doing research on musical emotion and I can offer you an online psychological quiz that will tell you what you like about music and will help me to find out how similar we people are.


A Facebook version where you can invite your friends to participate:
http://apps.facebook.com/emotify/
A non-facebook version of it:
http://emotify.org/

Here is how it goes:
1. Select the genre that you like.
2. Listen to fragments of songs (whole pieces also available) and tell me how you felt (you just need to select from a list).
3. Get feedback on how your musical taste is different from that of other people and which emotional content you prefer in music.
4. Help me researchers to collect research data!

You might spend as much time as you like on it, from 1 minute to half an hour. In any case, thank you a lot!
 
 
19 April 2013 @ 09:04 pm
“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” - Leonard Bernstein
 
 
 
 
09 January 2011 @ 12:47 am
Because of the spam recently, I've made it so that non-members of this community will now need to do that CAPTCHA thing in order to post here. Unless I've made a mistake.

Is this okay with you all?

And sorry about all the spam.

Best,

James Camien
 
 
07 July 2010 @ 12:32 am
Mahler

On this day in 1860, the great composer and conductor, Gustav Mahler, was born. Anyone who knows me well will know that I have a special fondness for this composer and his music. Many of the recordings in my music collection are of his symphonies. I own about 32 recordings featuring his works, and have four more on order currently. I've also had the privilege of hearing at least two performances of Mahler in my lifetime: In Tulsa in 2002, and in Chicago in 2008. To commemorate this occasion, I'll be listening to the recordings which are considered among the best ever made of those particular works, including Bernstein's Vienna 5th, Mehta's Vienna 2nd, Bernstein's Berlin 9th, and a few others.

Anyone up for a discussion on why they like Mahler?

(x-posted to classical_furs, classical_music, mahler, and personal LJ)
 
 
Genre: artisticartistic
Melody: Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (Bernstein/Vienna PO)
 
 
10 January 2010 @ 05:10 pm
I know this is a stab in the dark, but I'm a clarinettist (for fun, not as a job) and just moved to NYC. I'd love to form a woodwind quintet just to get together every few weeks and play for fun. Maybe give a recital at some point. I've been playing for 15 years, including 4 as a college music major. Are there any flautists, oboists, bassoonists, or horn players out there who live in the city and would be interested?

X-posted a few places
 
 
18 December 2008 @ 12:26 am
I was wondering if anyone has the cello part to any of these pieces. I'm really desperate to get them asap, which is why I'm resorting to LJ before trying to buy them. I'd really appreciate it if someone could send me a pdf.

Thanks, cross-posted.


Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn
V. I
V. 5
V. 8


Bruckner #4
I: 1 before 100 – 8 after 100; 461 – 469; 517 – 542
II: 3 – 11
III: 113 – 116; 123 – 142
IV: 125 – 142; 156 – 200; 295 - 338
 
 
 
15 November 2008 @ 09:21 pm



Mythical records, is now taking pre-orders for their new compilation "Odyssey of Rapture" vol. 1. The album includes neo-classical compositions by Abandoned Toys, Library Tapes, The synthetic dream foundation, Hannah Fury, Samantha Bouquin, Ephemeral mists, and many more great composers/artists. The official release date is Dec. 10th 2008. The full track list includes:



1. David Reyes "The magic woods"
2. Library Tapes "The rivers turned to cobblestone"
3. Abandoned Toys "An expanding tremble"
4. Ephemeral Mists "A pale slumber"
5. Phanatos "Voyage (quest for the shores of aphrodite)"
6. Aranis "Vala"
7. The new pollutants "Kidnap theme"
8. Hana (Jeff Greinke & Anisa Romero) "Hide"
9. Michel Avannier "La rencontre"
10. The synthetic dream foundation w/ Hannah Fury "Trapeze"
11. MePhI "Crystal night"
12. Aonua "Spirit of the deep"
13. Fiona Joy Hawkins "Contemplating"
14. Samantha Bouquin "Tale for a sunken moon"
15. Scythelence "Transparent eyelids"
16. Enigma de Ultratumba "To my unrest"
17. Samanta Ray & Pete Ardron "Interuterion 3"
 
 
20 May 2008 @ 07:10 pm
Hello all!
I'm probably not supposed to advertise, haha, but I thought I might let you all know about this blog my friend and I created. The blog was create in order to discover and share music from anywhere, any genre, that is not mainstream in the US (and that is not necessarily classical). If you have a blog yourself or are just interested in sharing music, leave a comment and/or check it out!
http://infrasoundblog.blogspot.com/
 
 
Genre: cheerfulcheerful
 
 
18 May 2008 @ 07:15 pm
Hello,

I created this community many years ago and then, I'm afraid, I forgot about it. *shame* I'm pleased to see it's looking after itself well though!

Would anyone like to become a new maintainer/moderator? It would make sense to have someone who actually posts regularly in charge - it may give you better control of styles and that sort of thing. I'm no longer much on LJ or indeed involved in orchestras any more (final exams have that effect, unfortunately!).

If so, please add a comment and I'll work out how to make you one.

Thanks!
 
 
13 March 2008 @ 02:19 am


If you don't already own "The witch's garden" by Abandoned Toys, and enjoy contemporary piano music, I highly recommend picking this album up.

Abandoned Toys
 
 
09 February 2008 @ 12:12 am
               DO YOU HAVE A CRUSH ON/ DATE SOMEONE IN YOUR ORCHESTRA ???

                                     
                       

                                             write a comment and tell your story
 
 
Staff Number: home
Genre: blankblank
Melody: none
 
 
 
15 July 2007 @ 11:24 pm
I was just wondering if any other members had either heard of, or heard the music of, or even played the music of the Scottish contemporary composer James MacMillan?

I'm a big fan of his music - and yesterday at my local library I discovered the full score to his orchestral piece called 'The Confession of Isobel Gowdie'. It was commissioned by the BBC for the 1990 BBC Proms, and is an amazingly dramatic and colourful work.

If you haven't heard MacMillan's music before I'd really recommend it!


This recording is an ideal place to start...
 
 
27 April 2007 @ 01:47 pm
The celebrated Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich has died at the age of 80.
A great musician who had a great influence on many composers, including Britten and Shostakovich.
 
 
Genre: sadsad
 
 
23 April 2007 @ 09:18 pm
Hi everyone. Violinist here...I'm also a writer, and I'm wondering: as musicians, what aspect of the musical life would you most like to read about in fiction? there's not a lot of musical/string instrument fiction out there and so I want to fill that gap a bit. Any ideas?
 
 
Genre: creativecreative
 
 
21 April 2007 @ 11:36 pm
Hello everyone! I am a music educator with emphasis on instrumental music (band). My grandmother passed away today and in the will my father is inheriting a violin. I am fairly certain that it isn't a high-end violin, but he was listed in the will as getting the more expensive of the three she had.

Of course, everyone is trying to trick him with the brands and they mentioned a brand called "Mark Avalon". I have never ever heard of this so I may be referring to you guys for some information. I am driving down tomorrow to visit the family and to see the violins.

I am thinking that the brand of the instrument would be inside the instrument itself. They are nervous that my "Aunt" had switched out the violins out so I guess I'd be the one to make sure they are in their correct cases.

Has anyone ever heard of a "Mark Avalon" violin? Am I correct in thinking that this isn't a very good brand?

Cross posted to various music communities!

EDITED to add: He actually picked out a violin made by Marc Laberte. Does anyone have any information about this violin maker?
 
 
15 April 2007 @ 06:17 pm
Hola friends! I need your help!
May be you know finn and spanish harpists. 
I'm going to Spain from 22.04-27.04 , then to Finland from 28.04-10.05 and I need harp
.
It's horrible, because I have an exam at 20.05 in Moscow. I'm plaing Glier's harp concert. 
I have only 1 week to kill my problems... ((