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Ok, I got this idea

  1. Dec 16, 2004 #1


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    This idea came to me when I was watching my little decible meter on the computer, with all the fluctuating bars going up and down, I saw the common patterns, and style of the artist and different songs. And I thought, "Could scientists analyze components and collections of components of sound and collaberate on these, to find the ultimate song?" Like, some songs bring inevitable senses of pleasure, some don't, could scientists find the ultimate song that brings great happiness? Of course people like different things in a song, but there's a common axis of happy rotation around some songs, concertos and symphonies from hundreds of years ago, such as those from Mozart and Beethoven, still enchant us.
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  3. Dec 16, 2004 #2
    Generally the "happier" songs tend to be composed in major keys, while the gloomy scary-sounding songs are written in minor. The emotional connection to the music is really just the choice of chords used in the particular song and chord selection has already been established for generations. The different tonal ratios between notes (which was recognized by the Greeks) makes our current form of music a sort of mathematics in disguise. All it takes is a composer to utilize these ratios (such as whole tones, semi-tones) to create different-sounding music, each with its own distinct feel.

    As for using science to create an ultimate song... that seems rather difficult to do. Music is a very subjective experience, and even the most objective of music is still suspect to the opinion of observers.
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