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Thread: music that makes u feel evil, n music that makes u feel happy

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    music that makes u feel evil, n music that makes u feel happy

    i was just mukking round wiv ma guitar n it looks like angry feelings are made when the amount of pitch change between each chord or note is really small, and if you travel up n down the fret board or over the strings heaps u get happy sounds.
    im just posting this incase sum1 can explain why this happens

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    Quote Originally Posted by korbbit View Post
    i was just mukking round wiv ma guitar n it looks like angry feelings are made when the amount of pitch change between each chord or note is really small, and if you travel up n down the fret board or over the strings heaps u get happy sounds.
    im just posting this incase sum1 can explain why this happens
    A "really small" pitch change is very likely to be dissonant and therefore give over a negative feeling (angry/evil etc). The Jaws theme is a good example (a half-step interval or minor second). Changing the pitch a lot is more likely to mask dissonant intervals in comparison. It will also sound more animated and therefore likely to feel more positive.

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    ya, great harmonies and things that mesh well together is like happy feelings, good stuff to humans. sunshine and all that. but things that you like less, clashing things, clashing sounds, loud thunder, difficult visibility, darkness, dissonant sounds, soudnwaves that clash and fight each other instead of complement and help each other gives more negative angry vibe.

    you can kind of get a small feel for this just by looking at major chord and minor chord. the 3rd in a major chord is in a nice happy comfortable encouraging spot compared to the rest of the chord. mathematically the sound waves combine well, they are at good ratios of one another. but flatten that 3rd and you don't get that anymore, you get kind of a sadder sound less happy fanfare kind of sound.

    that's not to say you can only use major chords to make happy music and vice versa, but they do have their own kind of feel when looked at individually, and the reason for that is how humans apreciate harmony and good things, things that blend well and are comfortable for the body. it's a psychological thing.

    it's like asking why does a storm make you feel gloomy, whereas a beautiful warm day at sunset make you feel happy?

    well because humans work well in good conditions, storms are dangerous and cold, not a good environment for people, but sunshine advertises good things.

    you don't see colors as they are in nature. color is not a feature of nature, it is a construction of the mind. as is sound. sound does not exist in the outside universe. your mind translate a certain spectrum of vibrations into sound. and it likes the ones that fit well mathematically together. the exact reason we evolved to be that way, i don't know exactly, but vibrations that don't match mathematically are associated with chaos, more random events. like think of waves in a lake, all the waves are mathematical conveniences with one another when you get a steady smooth wind. but many gusts strong and small and the waves will be chaotic and unharmonized, clashing. which is a bad sign.

    you caould also ask yourself, why do humans like music at all? just sets of vibrations that repeat and are rhythmically at certain mathematical proportions to one another. and why do we like 4/4 so much? that's kind of weird. we like stuff that repeats in sets of 4. four is a nice convenient number though, 2 sets of 2. 2 is double of one. it's a mathematically comfortable number, whereas 5 is a little bit weird, prime number and all that.

    iow, idk, humans are strange creatures that developped someway through evolution, and in the end any physical phenomena can be clalculated mathematically. so via evolution for some reasons we like certain mathematical circumstances over others.

    msuical theory can help you, from a non mathematical way, (unless you want to go there) to find out what these "mathematical" relationshinps are and what kind of vibes they tend give us, but truly the answer to "why" that you've asked can only really be answered in why we evolved to be that way. but you can study music theory to find "what" way we are. but you noticing what way we are is why you asked the question, and so that can't really be the answer to your question. in short. we are just that way.
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