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Always remember the emotional connection

by Kim Lajoie on February 9, 2015

Why do you make music? It’s probably not the fame and fortune (well, at least not the fortune). It’s not the stable income or cosy retirement. I hope it’s not because your parents told you to do it. I’ll bet you’re making music because you love it. You love music, and creating your own music […]

Amazement and anticipation

by Kim Lajoie on December 29, 2014

Amazement is a departure from minor or dissonant tonality of aggression. Instead, high energy and instability are used to create a sense of surprise or wonder. This can be difficult to do well – the new material must be familiar to the listener. The best way to do this is to express ‘amazement’ later in […]

Disgust, fear and aggression

by Kim Lajoie on December 15, 2014

In this context, ‘disgust’ doesn’t mean disgusting music… It’s a certain mood evoked by minor tonality, and slightly more energy and less stability than sadness. For example, a lot of late-90s trip-hop falls into this category. With more energy and less stability, disgust comes across as having more momentum and direction than sadness or despair. […]

Expressing sadness and serenity in music

by Kim Lajoie on December 1, 2014

Serenity is similar to the ‘joy / love / hope’ group of emotions, except with less emphasis on the happy or uplifting components. Like joy, serenity is best expressed using stable musical material. Unlike joy, however, serenity also comes through best with a low energy level and a gradual rate of change. The stability provides […]

Expressing joy in music

by Kim Lajoie on April 21, 2014

‘Joy’ in music can refer to feelings of love or hope. This group of emotions are generally characterised by positive, uplifting feelings. In order to convey these positive feelings, focus on a stable musical material, with a tonality that is predominantly major and consonant. High energy is often useful too, but not always necessary. The […]