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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.


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
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:
A non-facebook version of it:

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!
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.


James Camien
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!
Genre: cheerfulcheerful
18 May 2008 @ 07:15 pm

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.

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


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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... ((
08 April 2007 @ 02:01 pm
Amazing and beautiful article from the Washington Post. Take a few minutes to read it. I promise you won't regret it.

X-Posted in a few places.
09 March 2007 @ 03:35 pm

E’lif Linx (Sergey Sergeev) after a debut on Dars records in compilations "Slavosonic" with a track " Ice cream " has returned with a high-grade album. In this work the musician uses acoustic tools, such as:  guitar, piano,  violin, cello and other orchestral tools. A range of the music is wide: from melow, beautiful melodies up to "malicious" pseudo-symphonies (“antisymphonies” as names it the author).


Key:  electroacoustic, acoustic, piano, guitar, antisymphonies, violin, orchestral, easy listening, instrumental.

Free mp3

Melody: E’lif Linx,
05 March 2007 @ 09:25 pm
Hi Everyone,

I am currently doing a finishing my Business degree...One of the units that I have to do this semester requires that I somehow change the way a music store operates. Seeing as everyone here would be familiar with music stores, their likes and dislikes of these...Does anyone have an opinion as to how the music stores we have now can be improved. Either, their outward apprearance, the products they sell, whether or not they should be selling items not currently available.

I would be very interested in hearing your opinion. I am only new to this site...so if you can come to my LJ, and post an answer...or email me...whatever is easiest, then I would most greatly appreciate any of your views on this topic.

04 March 2007 @ 06:21 pm
Open-ended survey, responses are greatly appreciated:

If you could ask only two questions to an orchestral conductor, what would they be?
Staff Number: West Virginia
Genre: chipperchipper
Melody: Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in Em
02 February 2007 @ 01:12 pm
Would anyone be willing to email me an mp3 of the Brahms Academic Overture? I JUST had the disk here yesterday and have no clue where it's gotten to; in the meantime, I'm supposed to be getting it ready for an audition.

Thanks very much in advance if you can help!