When we hear music we love, we feel something amazing. It’s not easy to describe, and not everyone feels it. But chances are if you’re reading this, you know what I’m talking about.
Emotions are personal, but they can also be analysed and used in music. Emotions are complex and subtle, but they’re not too hard to wrap your head around. All music has the potential to establish an emotional connection with listeners – even (and especially) instrumental electronic music.
In order to connect with emotions, however, it is necessary to understand them. No surprises – this is difficult. But it’s not impossible.
Emotion in Music is guide to being more mindful of the emotional impact of your music. It explains the broad compositional tools for expressing emotion - energy level, rate of change, stability and tonality. It then describes how they can be practically applied to the compositional task of expressing emotions such as joy, serenity, sadness, disgust, fear, aggression, amazement and anticipation.
11+ pages. 2800+ words. $20. You know you want it.
Or forever live your life wondering what you missed out on.