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Free Choice Profiling and Natural Grouping as Methods for the Assessment of Emotions in Musical Audio Signals

 
: Schneider, S.; Raschke, F.; Gatzsche, G.; Strohmeier, D.

Audio Engineering Society -AES-:
126th Audio Engineering Society Convention 2009. CD-ROM : Munich, Germany, 7 - 10 May 2009
Red Hook, NY: Curran, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-615-67166-3
Paper 7786
Audio Engineering Society (Convention) <126, 2009, Munich>
English
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IDMT ()

Abstract
To measure the perceived emotions caused by musical audio signals we propose to use “Free Choice Profiling” (FCP) combined with “Natural Grouping” (NG). FCP/NG – originally derived from food research and new to the research of music perception – allow participants to evaluate stimuli using own vocabulary. To evaluate the proposed methods, we conducted an experiment in which 16 participants had to assess major-major and minor-minor chord pairs. Unlike one could expect, allowing participants to express their perception freely does not lead to a degeneration of the quality of the data. Instead, clearly interpretable results consistent with music theory and emotional psychology were obtained. These results encourage further investigations, which could lead to a general method for assessing emotions in music.

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