Comment on Solberg and Jensenius: The Temporal Dynamics of Embodied Pleasure in Music

Maria A. G. Witek, Peter Vuust

Abstract


In the paper 'Pleasurable and Intersubjective Embodied Experiences of Electronic Dance Music', Ragnhild Torvanger Solberg and Alexander Refsum Jensenius report on a study in which the movements and self-reported affective responses of a group of dancing participants were recorded and related to structural properties of Electronic Dance Music. They observed that, compared with tracks that had a relatively flat dynamic development, tracks which included a 'break-down', 'build-up' and 'drop' of textural layers were associated with greater changes in movement amount and higher ratings of pleasure. Here I comment on their results and methodological approach and use the opportunity to address the continuous pleasure that was treated as a control in this experiment, discussing some reasons why affective responses to music with more evenly distributed dynamic progressions are so often ignored.


Keywords


electronic dance music; pleasure; embodiment; process

Full Text:

PDF HTML


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/emr.v11i3-4.5353

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2017 Maria A. G. Wittek, Peter Vuust

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

 


Beginning with Volume 7, No 3-4 (2012), Empirical Musicology Review is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license

Empirical Musicology Review is published by the Ohio State University Libraries. If you encounter problems with the site or have comments to offer, including any access difficulty due to incompatibility with adaptive technology, please contact the web manager, Maureen Walsh.

ISSN: 1559-5749