The Effect of Repetitive Structure on Enjoyment in Uplifting Trance Music

Kat Agres Louis Bigo 1 Dorien Herremans 2 Darrell Conklin
1 Représentations musicales;
STMS - Sciences et Technologies de la Musique et du Son, IRCAM - Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique
Abstract : Whereas previous studies have examined the effect of rhythmic structures in trance music, the present research explores the impact of harmonic repetition on enjoyment through empirical testing. A number of uplifting trance (UT) excerpts were generated with different semiotic patterns (structures defining the order of chords in the sequence) each with varying levels of harmonic repetition. Listeners then provided enjoyment ratings for each of the excerpts. The results of the experiment indicate that harmonic repetition, not only rhythmic or percussive structure, does in fact contribute to the enjoyment of uplifting trance music. Depending on the harmonic context, greater chord diversity or maximal repetition elicits high enjoyment.
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Kat Agres, Louis Bigo, Dorien Herremans, Darrell Conklin. The Effect of Repetitive Structure on Enjoyment in Uplifting Trance Music. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Jul 2016, San-Francisco, United States. ⟨hal-01798672⟩

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