Music, Temperament, and Emotion Induction

Wednesday 8 May 2019, 4.00PM to 5.30pm

Speaker(s): Firat Altun (University of York)

There are various musical characteristics that are associated with emotional inferences. For instance, happy music tends to have a high pitch, whereas sad music is often associated with lower pitch (Juslin & Laukka, 2003). Accordingly, numerous studies have been conducted testing the emotional qualities of music parameters including tonal, syntactic, and rhythmic features (Gabrielsson & Lindström, 2010; Juslin & Timmers, 2010). However, although being the foundation of syntactic pitch relations, the emotional qualities of temperament systems have yet not been studied before (to the best of our knowledge). Furthermore, another related concept recognition performance of music is also have not been studied yet.

In this study, we aimed to explore the role of temperament systems on emotion induction and recognition performance by presenting an unfamiliar musical syntax in familiar and unfamiliar temperament systems. In parallel with this purpose, we are going to share our pilot study and some of the main study findings which contain cross-cultural perspective as well.

Firat Altun is a PhD student at the University of York, Music department and a member of York Music Psychology Group.

He started his musical career after succeeding at Diyarbakir Anatolian Fine Arts high school’s music exams as a cello student in Turkey. After taking a short break from music, he decided to pursue his interest and build a musical career, achieving a bachelor degree as an honour student from Harran University, Turkey. Having completed the undergraduate education, he began a Masters degree program in Music Education and worked as a teaching assistant at Inonu University.

After successfully completing his MA, he started a PhD in Music Education in Turkey in which he concentrated his study area on principles of music perception and learning. However, Firat decided to conduct his PhD in YMPG based on the links between emotion recognition, temperament and scale systems and learning

Firat also plays in string quartets as a cellist where he gained the skills of playing together in pieces from different periods through a wide range of repertoire including Komitas, Bartok, Mozart and Brahms.

This talk is one component of a two part seminar. Please see details here.

Location: D003, Sally Baldwin