Emotional Connection – Intervals

Posted: January 31, 2011 in Composing

the emotional connection series as you already know touches the subject: the effect of music elements on our emotion.

our emotions can be directed be the composer, the great composers use it to achieve connection with the listeners and make them feel like something amazing just happened.

the good thing is that everyone can use it, I will try to keep this article as simple and as short as possible.

Interval – the distance between two notes.

be aware that the guidelines here are just for the element of intervals alone, and their effect in a piece are not absolute and will change according to the musical context.

consonant intervals – pleasant, positive.  —> consonants are two notes that are not clashing when played together (harmonically speaking).

dissonant intervals – negative, strength, action. —> dissonants are the opposite  of consonants, two notes that clash when play together(harmonically) and feels the need to be resolved.

major intervals – brightness.

minor intervals – sadness, sensitivity.

large intervals – power.

small intervals – weakness, smaller space atmosphere.

minor second – darkness, displeasure.

major second – pleasure, mostly sound neutral.

minor third – sadness, tragedy.

major third – joy, happiness, brightness.

perfect fourth – neutral.

tritone (six semitones from one tone to another, like F and B) – danger, violence, tension.

perfect fifth – stability.

minor sixth – sadness, sometime suffering.

major sixth – charming, pleasure.

minor seventh – displeasure, need to be resolve.

major seventh – aspiration.

octave – stability.

take your time, when it is the most quite time for you, and listen to each interval, notice the feelings it brings up when you hear it,

may be some of them will make you feel different than what is written in this article, that’s ok, what you really feel are the right feelings,

so stay with your on way, always.

try taking a short video, and match the right interval to what you see in the video, notice how strong the emotions feels like, when you choose the right emotions,

now do the opposite and choose the wrong intervals, notice how it conflicts with the atmosphere and the emotions in the scene are not so clear anymore.

for example :

if we take this video  from 2:15 minutes, turn off the audio,

and play a tritone interval, it fits together completely, it conveys the emotions of the video,

now if we take the same scene and play a major third, the emotions now conflict and confused.


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