Eclectic I

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


This week quickly engaged us in the emotive use of sounds and various examples of this. Firstly we looked at a psychologist who studied how sounds can be interpreted to induce emotional states in people. The initial sounds used were chosen based on his intuitive sense of each sound pertaining to the essence of that sounds emotions. Through statistical testing on Sydney students he found he had significant results in proving the emotive characteristics of these sounds.

However, this idea has also been present in the Ancient Indian theory of Nava pure emotional Rava's. From there we also extended the discussion to look at the 4 Temperaments which I am already familiar with.

The idea's presented to us and the related assignment was devised to bring us back to what we are communicating. So that the emotional level of communication is re connected to the technical expertise we have.

I feel that we are on a majority pursuing this anyway in our work, but must first reach a point in our expertise before we can use the tools and skills we develope to successfully achieve this.

hasya (happiness/joy/comic)

Laughing monkeys

adbhuta (wonder/reverence)

Indian Vedic Chant

veera (courage/heroic)

beating rhythmic drums (like a march)

karuna (compassion/love/erotic)

Mass of harmony and sweet melody

krodha (anger/furious),

Distorted Sounds – Particularly Screams

bhibasta (disgust/loathing),

dischordant sounds with no rhythmic pattern, contrast between high treble and a downward sweeping low bassy sound. Maybe a shepard tone?

bhayanaka (fear/terror),

some sort of loud, drawn out scream that turns into a whimper.

shoka (sorrow)

Sounds that emulate sighing. Breath noises. Barely audible crying.


Whittington, Stephen. “Forum – Week 4 – Semester 2, 2008: Composition Workshop.” Workshop presented at EMU Space, level 5 Schultz building, University of Adelaide, 21st of August 2008.


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