Blog Assignment #27

Hello North House,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I am the new scribe, and for this week’s blog assignment we will be discussing emotions and music. Music has a huge impact on the way we feel emotionally and could change our mood in a matter of seconds. In this video, Hauke Egermann talks about how and why we respond to music emotionally.

Prompt: What are your thoughts after watching the TED talk?  Do you have any music preferences when in a sad or happy mood? Explain. (For example: I prefer to listen to R&B when I’m in a sad mood and I prefer to listen to Hip Hop when I’m in a happy mood.) Don’t forget to use evidence from the video to support your statement.


31 thoughts on “Blog Assignment #27

  1. Unquestionably, music has a profound impact in a person’s emotions. Like Alejandra stated, it “could change our mood in a matter of seconds.” In the TED talk, “Emotional responses to music│Hauke Egermann│TEDxGhent,” speaker Hauke Egermann presents four explanations as to why music influences emotions.

    It is fascinating to understand how music plays a role in defining emotions. Due to the “learned associations” and “musical expectations” from a person, the brain is able to generate patterns that stimulate them — thus, “expressive emotional movement.” For instance, when I listen to a new song, according to my knowledge associated with the music, I can foreshadow what rhythmic patterns, notes, or beats will eventuate. Therefore, my body naturally reacts to it.

    To address Alejandra’s inquiry on preferences, I do not have a specific genre of music that soothes, or satisfies, my emotions. However, I do enjoy dark chords — minor chords — because it fosters feelings of vigor, empowerment, and hope.

  2. Hauke Egermann presented theories on why music can affect us emotionally. The music professor crossed me as somewhat awkward at first glance as he introduced himself. In his TED talk “Emotional Responses to Music,” he not only explained theories of music, but also gave very clear examples. His presentation was conversational and interactive. He kept the audience engaged my having them participate in experiments that supplemented his findings.

    Hauke made a lot of sense to me. My initial thoughts going before clicking were somewhat enthusiastic. I like music, but having someone explain how it makes me feel could have easily turned into a spiral down the rabbit hole. Fortunately, Hauke was clear. “Learned association is how we learn to associate music context with emotion,” lectured Hauke. I agree with this rather straightforward theory on explaining how music affects us emotionally. We associate music patterns with events. When we watch an exciting music with quick crescendo rhythm we learn to connect that with positive emotion.

    Like Benjamen, “I do not have a specific genre of music that soothes me.” It all depends on what I am doing. When I go to the gym I prefer upbeat jams with deep bass. If I am not feeling the music I leave the gym, because I do not feel motivated.

  3. In the video, “Emotional responses to music│Hauke Egermann│TEDxGhent”, Hauke Egermann discusses whether or not our response to music is an individual or universal thing. He then goes to explain the four reasons of how and why music coincides with our emotions. It is no surprise that music plays a role in impacting emotions in an individual. In fact, those explanations are the possible reasons why we associate tunes the way we do, as they range from learning by association, musical expectations, expressive emotional movement, and activating sounds. Each reasoning supports individual responses and universal responses based off of studies conducted in the past.

    What surprised and really caught my attention from this Ted Talk was the third reason, “expressive emotional movement”. When Egermann played the two excerpts of a man simply just walking, I could immediately tell which was the “happier” walk and the “sad” walk, which I thought was interesting. I could just feel the energy through the man’s footsteps which is really odd. The happy walk was louder and fast pacing while the sad walk sounded very gentle and slow. This would then explain why happier music is more upbeat and fast paced and sadder music is often so slow and soft in tone.

    In terms of my own personal preferences, I do enjoy listening to more upbeat music when I’m happy. I prefer to doing that simply to maintain my state of happiness. However whenever I am sad, I tend to listen to more slow, depressing songs because if I am going to be sad, I want to be even more sad to the point where I will start crying. Music allows people to express their emotions without thinking about it. Similar to Benjamin T., I also do not have have a “specific genre of music that soothes, or satisfies, my emotions.” I just simply listen to whatever is pleasing to the ear and what matches my current mood.

  4. The way music can change the way people feel can be different depending on what type of music they like but yet if people like the same type of music, their reaction to music can be the same. As Alejandra said, music can change our mood within seconds so when people turn to music to either let out anger or to try and let out tears, they are in a way connected. After watching Emotional Responses to Music by Hauke Egermann, all I really thought about was the way electronic dance music (EDM) makes me feel. The way that it can make me feel like I’m at my own personal rave in my head and be able to just close my eyes and see home which is under the electric sky. When I am sad or happy, I turn to EDM. When I’m happy I’ll listen to house or trance but when I’m sad, I’ll listen to the dark side of EDM which is Hardcore or Hardstyle. The upbeat BPM in House music sucks you into a realm when there is nothing but happy people and colorful objects and Trance can take you to a place where you can just close your eyes and become one with the music and it flows through you and intertwines with you. With Hardstyle and Hardcore, the BPM is fast and loud and some are mixed with loud lyrics but then some can be uplifting as well. Hardstyle and Hardcore make me want to just to jump around and left out the hurt and pain I have and it works for me. For me, if I were to pick one of the reasons that Egermann talked about that why music has an emotional effect on us, I would choose the expressive emotional movement. Within the music you can feel the happy emotions within the music which can make you happier while listening to Hardstyle or Hardcore, you can feel the difference by just listening to the BPM and how certain aspect of the song can be louder than others. As Jaydalynn stated about listening to more upbeat music to maintain her state of happiness, I do the same with Trance and House music.

  5. I appreciate the video provided for us this week, I truly do, but the message conveyed through this Ted Talk absolutely makes no sense to me. It’s not the word choice Hauke Egermann uses, but the topic he chooses. You see, music is not something of my taste. I couldn’t care less of today’s top genres or singers or whatever it may be. Likewise, it doesn’t surprise me that music has such a profound effect upon reading my classmates’ responses. For instance, Benjamin T.’s capstone topic is ministry music, I believe. Therefore, I can see the effects of what music has been for Benjamin. Like how he said with his response, “…I do enjoy dark chords — minor chords — because it fosters feelings of vigor, empowerment, and hope.” To others, music has a place in life for them, but not for my sake. I simply don’t comprehend how the melody or rhythm coincides the emotion of the music player himself. This blog has nothing to do with me and I can’t type a worthy response if it doesn’t relate. I just don’t listen to music, that’s all. Nonetheless, that’s just my opinion and nothing more.

  6. Music has the opportunity to change how we feel. We can be touched by a sad song or can be inspired by an uplifting song. It has the ability to touch our hearts with a few simple words. As Alejandra said, ” Music has a huge impact on the way we feel emotionally and could change our mood in a matter of seconds.” I completely agree with this statement because that is how much power music has. People tend to listen to music based on how they are feeling, this is why many say that they can relate to the song. I, myself, can say that I listen to a wide variety of music. I really do not listen to music based on emotion but based on what I feel like listening to. For example, if I am in a happy mood, than I might listen to a sad song if I felt like it.
    What I liked about the is when he started to explain the Expressive Emotional Movement. I found this interesting because he started to compare the difference between a happy and sad person and how that can be like music. When playing the audio of a happy person, the happy person seemed more energetic and uplifted. The sad person seemed more down and slow. Then, Hauke Egermann showed us how the tone of the happy person is very similar to the tone that was showed to us earlier in the video. This video was very interesting and makes us think how our emotions tie into our feelings.

  7. Music has often been described as a universal language, a key component to understanding the world around us. In Eric Egermann’s TedxTalk titled “Emotional Response to Music,” Egermann explores how our emotions, actions, and mannerisms are oftentimes influenced by the music around us. Egermann outlines four of the basic responses we make with music: learned associations, musical expectations, expressive emotional movement, and activating sounds.

    One of the points in Egermann’s theory that stuck out to me the most was the idea of idea of learned associations. He discussed how as humans, we are able to make connections between certain songs and the first time we hear them or to various instances in our lives. I feel like this plays an important role in how our emotions are affected by music because it deals with memories. Our emotions are able to give the music we listen to various meanings that correspond to distinct moments in our life.

    Now more than ever I have noticed the effect that music has on my life. I often find myself listening to music that I like the beat to, but at the same time it fills me with angst and anxiety and I have to end up running on the treadmill for an hour to decompress. I agree with Benji when he says “that he listens to music that matches his current his current mood,” because if I’m having a good day I’ll find myself listening to my “cloud nine” playlist on Spotify instead of my “sad songs” playlist.

  8. For me, there is nothing -absolutely nothing- that makes me feel more human than listening to music. I could survive my entire life on this planet without any social interaction or affection, in so long as I had music to accompany me. I think many if not most of the population could agree with me to some lower extreme, because music is an extension of who we are. As the TED talk demonstrates, music is not simply a variation of cords or rhythms. It is a tapestry of emotions woven deeply into the minds, memories and pleasures of listeners everywhere. Music isn’t pervasive in every single culture on earth as a coincidence. As Egermann describes there are deep psychological ties to different aspects of music. As Chris says “Our emotions are able to give the music we listen to various meanings that correspond to distinct moments in our life”. For example, the deep foreboding bass that conjures dark and depressive landscapes. Every note is connected to our psyches and its something I think is spectacular.

    In respect to my personal music preferences, I am all over the place. There is not one single genre of music that I hate; give me a genre and I am bound to find something I really enjoy. Just today for example I listened to classic country, rap, 90s hip hop,jazz, classic rock, do-wop and probably half a dozen other genres. And my personality can change literally in seconds according to the song that is playing.

    But hands down the genre of music that I enjoy the most happy or sad is classical. Operas especially such as Carmen by George Bizet or Mozart fill me with such elation. But strangely enough also makes me feel very very violent sometimes- like Alex from Clockwork Orange violent. But when I am sad enough to merit depression, I like to play Max Richter. A neo classical composer that I recommend to anyone who feels like staring into the face of God as He cries.

  9. After viewing the TED talk conducted by Hauke Egermann I have really began to question my music taste. What is the exact reason why I choose to listen to certain genres of music? Egermann goes into his talk by giving excerpts of songs and asking the audience to say which they believed was a happy excerpt and which they believed was a sad excerpt. Doing this so that he could make a point that people associate music with emotional context. Personally, music is something I believe I would not be able to live without. It’s something I use for hours a day. It’s what I turn to to help me study, to help me jam out, and to help me vent. When words fail, music speaks. Jessica G. stated “The way that it can make me feel like I’m at my own personal rave in my head and be able to just close my eyes and see home which is under the electric sky.” I relate to this statement very much in the sense that, listening to music immerses you into a whole new realm where it’s as if you are alone and one with the elements of music.

    My music taste ranges from classic rock, to cumbia, to rap, or even surf punk. I listen to almost everything and I think that is the most beautiful thing. Music is the universal language. Music is all over the world and everyone can share their music from their culture and everyone can enjoy it. Normal people if they are feeling sad listen to happy upbeat songs to attempt to make themselves happy. If I’m feeling sad I tend to listen to sad songs to make myself even more sad. When I’m happy I tend to listen to music than makes me feel good like super upbeat and catchy tunes. Then again, what I choose to listen to in a specific moment in time depends on what my general mood and what artist I feel like listening to. Overall, music is something we all use and the world would be utterly depressing without it.

  10. This Ted Talk based on “Emotional responses to music” exhibits how a tune may affect your mental plane. It is a fascinating sensation to receive powerful messages through music, an artist may not be lyrically gifted but if you’re keen to music you appreciate it regardless. If an artist has true feelings, it articulates in wordless reverberation. Such as an opera singer would resonate their thoughts and expressions with their soulful and lyric less notes. After all the rest of the world’s singing species convey their messages without words. Music provides a distinct feeling established through notes and rhythms, translating into emotion and understanding. Similar to how we distinguish an alarming scream from an elated yell.

    I agree with Kenny when he refers to music saying, “It has the ability to touch our hearts with a few simple words.” I completely agree, and that is exactly what I look for in my music. A deep soulful flow topped with intricately placed lyrics, which are full of meaning and passion. I prefer a happy melody, but often I’ll find myself listening to slower rhythms. It all depends on my mood, and my level of sleepiness. The sleepier I am the more I yearn for a lower paced song.

  11. In the TED Talk, “Emotional responses to music” Hauke Egermann discusses the 4 reasons why we have an emotional response to music. All of Egermann’s answers sound pretty reasonable, but for me personally I think I mostly relate with the second answer. I definitely have musical expectations when I’m listening to songs.

    Personally, I listen to a wide variety of music. I like to listen to music whenever I’m doing classwork or homework at home. I work well when I have controlled noise in the background and not just random chaotic noise. I think it has something to do with the fact that as an instinct we tend to listen to other people’s conversations and then we distract ourselves easily. Our ears get curious to where the conversation is going, versus when we’re listening to songs we’ve already heard and we know what’s going to happen next. This is why I think musical expectations is the best answer to why we have emotional responses to music. Even when I’m sad there’s a wide variety of music I listen to. I guess it depends on what kind of “sad” I am: sad about a boy, sad about life, sad about my grades, etc. But when I’m generally sad, I usually listen to worship music or songs with a lot of instrumental parts and not a lot of lyrics. When I’m in a happy mood, I usually listen to generally loud, upbeat, and uplifting music. I like what Jaydalynn had to say, “Music allows people to express their emotions without thinking about it.” I think that’s why I listen to music that will match my mood because I just need to “sit” in that mood for a little while before I move on. Or maybe my tastes in music for my moods are due to the first answer: learned associations.

  12. In the video, “Emotional responses to music│Hauke Egermann│TEDxGhent” Hauke Egermann presented theories on why music affects us emotionally. Throughout the video the music professor explained his theories of music as well as gave clear and strong examples. His Presentation was interactive and was able to keep the audience engage.
    Before watching this video I thought I was going to listen to someone lecture to me about how music makes me feel. That idea sounded boring to me. However i liked his idea of “learned association is how we learn to associate music context with emotion,”. I really like this idea of how from events in our lives associated with music changes our opinions on wether it sounds happy or sad.
    I like what Benjamen said “I do not have a specific genre of music that soothes me.” I don’t have a genre for different moods i’m in but rather it depends on what i’m doing. When i’m lifting weights i listen to rap,when im running or biking i listen to reggae. It all depends on my activity.

  13. In the video, “Emotional Responses to Music”, Hauke Egermann engages with his audience to uncover the hidden emotions behind music. He does this by playing a couple of tunes then allowing the audience to vote whether or not it seemed happy or sad. I agree with what the speaker mentioned about how quick, high music is uplifting to most people and how slower paced music is more discouraging. I also agree with what Kenny said, “I found this interesting because he started to compare the difference between a happy and sad person and how that can be like music.”
    I don’t really have a preference in music, nor do I have a certain genre to match my mood. I believe that in most songs it has much to do with the catchiness of the tune. This video allowed me to see that there is more to music than what’s on the surface and how it has a much deeper meaning.

  14. It is no secret that music is stimulating, just like with any other art form. However, music is the most accessible, you do not need to think to be able to appreciate it. In fact, I’m sure there are very few cavemen who cannot get behind the boogie. Although I primarily enjoy visual stimulation most, and visual arts the most, I can certainly appreciate music as well. As for what musics inspire what moods, I think that is something extremely subjective, although there are certainly common archetypes. Personally, I find peace in many things melancholy. I enjoy the things that cause others discomfort as well. Comfortably uncomfortable, the things I listen to for joy are not conventionally joyous. I would even say I have a strong distaste for the that which strikes others as joyous. However, that says less about the theory in the video than it does about my own character. That said, it would be rather ignorant to think of myself as a special snowflake for having music taste that plenty of other edgelords probably have. At the end of the day, music is just expression, and something that we are all capable of utilizing. It’s a way to embrace individuality by lording over others while flattering your delusions of superior taste. Either that, or exclusively reverberating your noise with other people who take pleasure in similar noise. There’s something for everyone in music! Although I certainly do not abstain from music myself, I can respect Kenneth’s opinion when he says, “You see, music is not something of my taste.”

  15. Music has always played an important part in my life due to the way I was raised. Over the year’s music for me has gradually become more and more significant in my life, even to the point where I spend hundreds of dollars on concert tickets to see my favorite bands live. The emotions and experiences I correlate my music with is something I love to do and this video gave me a more in-depth explanation on the emotional response I have to music.

    The part of the video that caught my attention the most was when Hauke Egermann discussed learned associations in music. I found it interesting but not completely surprising to find out that we often perceive music a certain way because we correlate it with something we have seen before. This part of the video also reminded me of how through learned associates, it is easy to perceive an upbeat song as relaying a happy message when in fact that is not always the case. I thought this lyric by Twenty One Pilots perfectly explains it when they say, “This one’s a contradiction because of how happy it sounds, but the lyrics are so down” in their song Not Today.

    As for the type of music I listen to based on my emotions, it ranges depending on what genre I am in the mood for. My music taste is odd to say the least and I can go from jamming to The 1975, to grooving to The Growlers, to crying my eyes out to Mac DeMarco. However, the aspect of music that I enjoy the most is the lyrics and how different artists choose to represent and relay the meaning of them, and similarly to Kenny, I agree that music “has the ability to touch our hearts with a few simple words.”

  16. Music plays an enormous part of my life I listen to about 4 hours worth of music a day. With a little over 3000 songs total in my library I do not usually find myself feeling like it is on repeat and my music ranges from rap all the way to indie soul and jazz. I am no stranger to the fact that music can support the mood you are in and I have playlists for such occasions as well, if I am sad I will listen to more melodic and traject songs happy or needing to focus I have my favorite genre rap and everything in between. The most interesting thing I found in the TED talk, “Emotional responses to music│Hauke Egermann│TEDxGhent,” speaker Hauke Egermann states that there were studies conducted for people in two isolated cultures that had never met used similar settings for the tones to express happiness and sadness. It’s really interesting to see the science behind something that to me is just a normal everyday thing I don’t stop to think how other people interpret what you find entertaining. Take Kenneth for example when he said, “music is not something of my taste. I couldn’t care less of today’s top genres or singers or whatever it may be.” I couldn’t be more opposite to this idea of music being interesting.

  17. Music does many to us both emotionally and mentally; it fluencies us and makes a feel various type of emotions. Just like the speaker said in the video, or demonstrated, he played different sounds and he had the audience differ whether the sound was sad or happy. After the small test, he explained why they raised their hand when they chose sad or happy. When the speaker played the sounds, I agreed with the audiences determining whether it sounded sad or happy. I do agree with Chanel when she said, “I definitely have musical expectations when I’m listening to songs.” because is a big part of our lives or things we do, that we do have expectations toward the music we are feeling or wanting to hear.

    Sad music: It terms of what kind of music I listen to when I am feeling sad is 80’s love rock bands, such Chicago, Air Supply, and Queen. I would also listen to Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, etc. This sad list is also called the, “Simp Playlist.” I think we listen to this type of music because the lyrics is something our feelings can relate. For example, in Alicia Key’s famous song, “If I Aint Got You”, she sings, “Some people want it all, but I don’t want nothing at all – if it aint you baby, if I aint got you baby…”. When you lose someone you love or get rejected, we get sad and when you listen to a song like that, you understand what she is saying. It is as if she singing to you.

    Happy music: Personally, happy music for me narrows down to hype songs, songs I can dance too, and even some Bruno Mars songs. For example, in 24k Magic he sings, “Wearing Cuban links (ya) Designer minks (ya) Inglewood’s finest shoes (whoop, whoop)”. That wants me to dance and that does make me happy.

    In conclusion, there are songs we search for to match whatever mood we are feeling. 24k Magic would not help if I am feeling sad or down, but later on when the emotion changes, then I would play that song to make me feel better. This video gave me another point of view of what music can do and how it can affect the human mind.

  18. Music has not been such a big part of my life. I listen to music at least three times a week, but hardly ever every day. It has been something I have always enjoyed, but it is not something I go to as my first form of entertainment. I mainly listen to Hip-Hop or Rap, but those are not the only genres I listen to. My music is more based off of whether or not I like the song, not the genre. Kenny said, “I really do not listen to music based on emotion.” I agree with Kenny because I can be in a sad mood and listening to very upbeat music, or be in a good mood listening to slow, mellow music.

    Something that I found very interesting was when Hauke Egermann said, “We acquire statistical knowledge about musical properties,” which is saying that we learn patterns in music. He explains that our minds can learn certain patterns in songs, which is why we may be able to sing along with a song we have never heard before. I found this very interesting because I have experienced this before, I was able to sing along to most of the song even though it was my first time hearing it.

  19. In the TED talk entitled,“Emotional responses to music│Hauke Egermann│TEDxGhent” the speaker Hauke Egermann discusses the correlation between music and our emotions. During the TED talk Egermann conducted a live experiment on the audience, where he played two different types of music excerpts. He then asked the audience which excerpt made them feel more happy or sad. The audience concluded that the high pitched/fast paced song made them feel happy, while the lower pitched/slower paced song made them feel sad. After, Egermann gave the audience four explanations to why the music excerpts made them feel emotions. The four explanations included: learned associations, musical expectations, expressive emotional movement, and activating sound.

    After viewing this TED talk I felt very informed, and interested to learn more about this topic. I thought Egermann did a wonderful job at captivating the audience throughout the whole presentation, especially when he conducted the experiment. A specific part of the TED talk that I found interesting was when Egermann discussed expressive emotional movement. He explained how when one is happy they tend to act in more active, but when one is sad they tend to act more sluggish. Therefore when music is down tempo it makes one feel sad, but when music is more upbeat it makes one feel happy. Out of the four explanations, this one made perfect sense to me.

    As for myself, I do not purposely match my emotions to my music preferences. I agree with Kenny when he stated, “I really do not listen to music based on emotion but based on what I feel like listening to.” When I am feeling down I would prefer not to listen to “sad songs” because it will only make me feel worse. My favorite type of music to listen to is more upbeat which according Egermann, makes one feel happy. I prefer to listen to “happy songs” when I am feeling down because, I immediately begin to feel myself get in a better mood.

  20. Music is a very passionate subject for me because I was always taught to embrace my emotions through it. Especially when my family would take me to parties, “feel the music!” Which ultimately made me start dancing to genres such as Cumbia, Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa. Certain emotions are tied to certain music and they eventually tend to stay in your mind forever. In the TedTalk a concept of being able to correlate the mood and lyrics of a song even if its the first time you’ve ever heard it. I listen to music whenever I want. My emotions don’t control my music, the music controls my emotions. What I mean by this is that when I listen to music it alters my mood, listening to chicano batman gives me latin pride and significantly increases my happiness. Listening to Mac DeMarco increases my “simpy” mood and also my likeliness to take a good nap. Different music can alter your mood just by the tone of the song, the beat, the rhythm, the lyrics, and ultimately your feelings towards the artist. If I want to feel music then I listen to it and try to understand the lyrics on a different level, I highly prefer to be focused. When people talk to me when I have both headphones in I get really irritated because I’m in my groove. I agree with samara when she says ” music has always played a huge part of my life.”

  21. In the video, “Emotional Responses to Music” Hauke Egermann explains how music can impact peoples’ emotions. For most people, music is used as a mood booster or for relaxation, for me it’s a tool for concentration. I find it difficult to do chores or homework without it. Music drowns out everything around me; it helps me focus on the task at hand.

    I find alternative, rock, and hip hop to work best when I’m working. I don’t base my genre off my mood or emotion, but off of likability. Like what Alex said,” I don’t have a genre for different moods i’m in but rather it depends on what I’m doing.”

  22. I can’t say I listen to music that often anymore. I used to listen to music a lot. But for the most part I have always listened to hip hop.I guess it has been a significant part of life but at the moment not much. I like music and all but right now I don’t feel like listening. Egermann had some very interesting conclusions about how music affects us. I agree with them because I can tell you that whenever I here Marvin’s Room it’s simp time. So hell yeah music affects your emotions. Another interesting thing he brought up was how people select music for how they feel. If you’re sad you pick a sad song, and that makes sense.
    I agree with Nick when he says that we associate music with events. That’s probably why we have favorite songs and stuff. Those songs probably remind of us certain times in our lives. It’s pretty cool how much music can affect our minds.

  23. Music connects us. It elicits uncoveyable emotions which speak for our inner being. Hauke Egermann explains our connection and vulnerability to music with four explanations: learned associations, musical expectations, expressive emotional movement, and activating sounds.

    After watching the TedTalk I agree with Audissey H. when she said, “after viewing the TED talk conducted by Hauke Egermann I have really began to question my music taste.” Most of the time I usually gravitate towards depressing R&B and heartbreak music. Despite not relating to most sad heartbreak songs there is something about the beat, lyric, tempo, and elements of a song which makes me happy or at least neutral in feeling. This is probably a learned association. I have memories of my friends and I singing to depressing music when we were anything but that. When I want to be productive or feel like moving I gravitate towards rap, upbeat, and bass dropping songs. Egermann said we naturally move fast when listening to upbeat songs and slow when the song is neutral because it is our musical expectation. Since I know the property of a song is meant to hype me up I force myself to feel excited and energetic because since I know the song is suppose to make me feel a certain way I force myself to feel it. When I listen to my favorite song during a singular moment I realize activating sounds are in place because when the song randomly plays in an unexpected setting my energy levels come alive.

  24. My thoughts of the TED Talk are exactly what he said. We can tell if someone/something is happy or sad by the sound of the footsteps or the beat of a song. We do this everyday, but we do not notice it until it is something obvious. The music I prefer in a happy mood are usually upbeat and somewhat something I can dance to. If I am in a sad mood or any negative mood, I usually listen to more slow songs and go on from there. For example, R&B music. Then again, it just depends on what kind of task I am doing and how I feel at the moment. Just like Alex Falk said, “ I don’t have a genre for different moods i’m in but rather it depends on what i’m doing.”

  25. The idea of music invoking emotion has been the driving force for a practice that goes back as far as many cultures can be traced. Music has played a crucial role in the development of man and this can be viewed much like how art tells the tale of its time. I recently finished a garden art class that in a nut shell went over just how art evolves with the needs of the time era it is created in. Music is a good representation of ones mind set and ones view in the world and for that reason when I wish to get to know someone better I will always ask what kind of music they prefer. The key idea behind all of this is that we make strong emotional ties with music because it activates so many parts of our brain at the same time that the body can only really associate it with emotion. In the ted talk the association between mostly the emotions of happiness and sadness with music are made. I think that it is a let less straight forward the simply being happy in sad. Personally my favorite band is death cab for cutie and most of their music is slow and pretty depressing but it always puts me in a good mood without fail. I think it i interesting when jesse states that “music has not been a big part of my life and I normally only listen to music once every few weeks.” I could not possibly see myself going one day with out pressing play on my Iphone. Music has played an immense role in my life and I don’t know where i would be without.

  26. I was left questioning my own musical preferences rather than contemplating the message of the video. Hauke Egermann’s delivery of how music affects people emotionally was simple and direct. His discussion of musical expectations and expressive emotional movement contained the informative bits, but lacked the musical insight that would have kept me intrigued. It limits its comparisons to the emotions of happiness and sadness and does not go through any of the other emotions. I understand that adding in those extra emotions would complicate Egermann’s presentation, but if music isn’t anything, it’s simple. The concept that happy songs are fast and sad songs are slow is not only thing that defines music. Bruce’s personal definition really speaks true for music as a whole: “[It is] a deep soulful flow topped with intricately placed lyrics, which are full of meaning and passion.”
    The topic of one’s musical preference is not easy to discuss. It’s especially difficult for me to be specific on this. I am not one to classify my music by it corresponding genre. Since I always tend to get my music genres mixed up, I try to avoid classifying my music. There’s the “relaxing” music for studying that ranges from classical to metal. I also have my “peppy” music for singing along and dancing to. It’s unclear to me if I have depressing songs for depressing times. My music likes to stay in the peppy and relaxing genre that I have grown accustomed to. It is in those sad times that I like to go back to those energetic songs.

  27. Depending on the key of which a song is played, it affects the emotion that a song emits. If a song is played on a major key and is done fastly, it will give the listener a happy feeling. Also, if a song is played on a minor key slowly, it will typically make the listener feel sad. There is a psychological science that goes along with the tempo of a song, and the emotions it encourages. I agree with the TED Talk, that music can affect people’s emotions.

    Personally, when I am happy I listen to any genre of music. I could be without a care in the world, and still belt my heart out to country Taylor Swift, as if I had an on and off again boyfriend hurt me for the millionth time. I prefer to listen to extremely depressing music about betrayal and heartbreak, although I have no reason to relate to them. But I also enjoy listening to classic or alternative rock, and then five minutes later jam to Selena or Shakira. My music taste is just as messy as I am, because I love songs with deep, beautiful meanings, yet I still will listen to pop top 40 songs. Although when I am sad, terrible pop songs about heartbreak understand me like no other. Like Jaydalynn said, “if I am going to be sad, I want to be even more sad to the point where I will start crying.” Currently, the song that is really hurting me is “Liability” by Lorde.

    Music truly affects people’s emotions, whether they want it to or not. For those who do not enjoy music at all, they need to take off their Sunday shoes and cut loose. Music can be the catalyst for change in someone’s life. It can be inspiring. So it makes sense that we as humans listen to it to either evoke or encourage a type of emotion.

  28. Hauke Egermann’s Ted talk “Emotional Responses to Music,” delves into why music impacts us emotionally. The reason that stood out the most to me was the third, which talked about emotional movement. Egermann stated, “Music may be emotional because it sounds like someone is moving in an emotional way. And these emotional expressions can be also to some extent be universal.” If that is the case, then it is no wonder that music, no matter its origin or genre, makes us feel such an array of emotions. Like humans, music can make us feel happy, sad, passionate, and tired. This is most likely because they both stir our want for human interaction and movement. A slow song may resemble the sad steps of a loved one and an upbeat song may resemble the steps of a happy person.

    Personally, I’ve always played music that matches my mood. After all, the music I listen to is the soundtrack of my life. I relate to Jaydalynn when she says, “Whenever I am sad, I tend to listen to more slow, depressing songs because if I am going to be sad, I want to be even more sad to the point where I will start crying.” While to some that idea may sound crazy, I find it therapeutic. I believe that crying can cleanse the soul and listening to sad music is the fastest track to getting there.

  29. Upon watching the TEDxGhent, presented by Hauke Egermann, I remembered how important music is in the world. Music can change a person’s mood, influence a society, and even keep a culture’s legacy alive. Egermann primary focuses on how music affects human emotion and explains four theories he discovered after countless musical experiments.

    To answer Alejandra question, yes I do have music preferences depending on what mood I am in. For example if I feel a bit depressed I tend to listen to classical music, and if I’m having a great time I listen to alternative rock. Nick C and I both agree that music is associated with past events, and now after watching the video I see the psychological background behind how music affects the human brain.

  30. I believe music stimulates the mind by invoking certain emotions. Whether the song is of a happy tone or a sad tone, it contains certain notes that enhance the senses. As the Ted talk voiced, emotions being felt in songs are associated with actions we’ve witnessed before. An example can be while watching a comedy movie you get a sense of happiness because the actions of rejoice performed are associated with an emotion of happiness that can be interpreted by the viewer. These expressed actions set the correlation of the memory to the music being played, therefore we associate the music we hear with the memories of happiness. Similarly we can feel this in everyday life. When we are in a generally happy mood the songs we hear will associate with the kindness in our actions.
    Undoubtedly, after hearing music I feel a certain emotion. Vice versa can be said when I feel an emotion. Typically when sad I wish to listen to music of the same tone to cope with my sentiments, when happy I generally wish to listen to song that remind me of a happy moment, or that excite me with a memory. This can be applied to others because similarly we all wish to feel an emotional connection to the things happening in our lives, or else there would be no interest in our actions. I agree with Romel when he signifies, “music is not simply a variation of cords or rhythms. It is a tapestry of emotions woven deeply into the minds, memories and pleasures of listeners everywhere. “, because of the fortitude of music we are allowed to feel emotions and outwardly relate to something so deeply personal to us. Any two individuals can have a different mind sets to a song that would comfort them to a memory. Therefore, I believe music is comforting and sociable tool that empowers listeners by enhancing their brain with significant symphonies

  31. The video by Hauke Egermann, gave us insight as to why music creates emotion in us and of the four main reasons he gave the most prevalent would be number 1, “Learned Associations.” This is because we associate everything we do with something we have done. For example, if something happened in your life that was really good and you eating something at the time then in the future you might like what you ate even more because of what you associated it with and vice versa with bad experiences. It is the same with music, we watch movies and associate the kind of music with the happy and sad scenes we watch. Because we experience so much emotion either from ourselves or watching other people in movies or shows, music is always apart of the emotion and is therefore always in our daily lives. Also with what Jose said, “The key idea behind all of this is that we make strong emotional ties with music because it activates so many parts of our brain at the same time that the body can only really associate it with emotion.” We are surrounded by music and emotion constantly throughout our lives that we associate them together and feel sad or happy when a certain song comes on because of experiences we have been through. That is why learned associations is the most prevalent reason music creates emotion because it has already been drilled into us daily.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s