Interactive music: Compositional techniques for communicating different emotional qualities
Music plays a large part in how a dramatic medium is perceived and has a huge potential to heighten emotion. Composers attempt to communicate emotions to a listener through the use of structural compositional techniques such as mode, rhythm, instrumentation and harmony.
This talk introduces and discusses these techniques. It goes on to describe a software program, developed in the PD programming environment, which influences the emotional expression of a musical score in real-time. Future applications such as the computer gaming industry are proposed where real-time control over the structural makeup of the soundtrack could provide new levels of immersive game-play.