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Many people are unable to express their emotions, which can lead to many problems down the road. This Culminating Experience project aimed to help people express and process their emotions through song. The goal of this project was to produce an extended play (EP) that dives deep into the volatile range of the following human emotions: insecurity, sadness, drive, and excitement/happiness. This paper contains research on overall characteristics of what causes these emotions, and why certain people are not able to express those feelings. The paper also explores which emotions are triggered by music, and how/if these emotions can be manipulated by audio and/or music. The EP creation process incorporated electronic composition techniques including sampling, remixing, field recording, and other types of audio manipulation, to enhance the quality of the production. The hope is that field recordings (e.g. birds chirping, cars honking) will tap into people’s connection to the natural world to make them feel present; remixing will tap into people’s nostalgic/recognition/comfort parts of the brain; and audio manipulation (e.g. panning, stuttering, echo/delay) will keep people engaged and on their toes while listening to the EP.
Valencia (Spain) Campus
Project Components: project video (.mp4), reflection paper (.pdf), presentation (.pdf), EP (ZIP file containing 4 .wav audio files), artwork (ZIP file containing 5 .png files).
Eisenhauer, Dana. “Emotional Play.” Master's Project, Berklee College of Music, 2022. https://remix.berklee.edu/graduate-studies-production-technology/244.