Sentimental Journey: Music and Emotion

by Todd Mundt on November 9, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Producer: CBC Radio 2
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Some music expresses joy; other music expresses sorrow. It also can affect our emotions and *make* us happy or sad. On this episode of The Nerve, host Jowi Taylor asks what makes sad music sad, and whether those elements are universal across cultures. Music is like a drug, in a way. It’s used to enhance the effect of dramatic entertainment and evoke moods in an audience. We often use it to alter our own moods. Is there a recipe composers can use to achieve these ends?

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