This video is part of an experiment aimed at exploring the affective impact of sensory dissonance on an abstract animation. The two versions (Consonant and Dissonant) are included in the same file.
Fernando Bravo - Centre for Music and Science (University of Cambridge)
Absbract: The present study suggests a way to use algorithmically generated music to assess the effect of sensory dissonance on the emotional judgment of a visual scene. This was examined by presenting participants with the same abstract animated film paired with consonant, dissonant and no music. The level of sensory dissonance was controlled in this experiment by employing different intervals sets for the two contrasting background music conditions. Immediately after viewing the clip, participants were asked to complete a series of bipolar adjective ratings representing the three connotative dimensions (valence, activity and potency). Results revealed that relative to the control group of no music, consonant background music significantly biased the affective impact by guiding participants toward positive valence ratings. This finding is discussed in terms of interval content theory within the general perspective of post-tonal music theory and David Temperley’s probabilistic framework (model of tonalness).
Details from the experiment can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B82W1ooZz0BgTWFMOTNLcnRuU2M/edit?usp=sharing
More information about Fernando Bravo: https://sites.google.com/a/fulbrightmail.org/fernandocam/home