Verbal Description of DJ Recordings
2008 (English)In: Proc. of the 10th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Sapporo, 2008, 20- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
In a recent pilot study, DJs were asked to perform the same composition using different intended emotional expression (happiness, sadness etc). In a successive test, these intentions could not be matched by listeners' judgement. One possible explanation is that DJs have a different vocabulary when describing expressivityin their performances. We designed an experiment to understand how DJs and listeners describe the music. The experiment was aimed at identifying a set of descriptors used mainly with scratch music, but possibly also with other genres. In a web questionnaire, subjects were presented with sound stimuli from scratch music recordings. Each participant described the music with words, phrases and terms in a free labelling task. The resulting list of responses was analyzed in several steps and condensed to a set of about 10 labels. Important differences were found between describing scratch music and other Western genres such as pop, jazz or classical music. For instance, labels such as cocky, cool, amusement and skilled were common. These specific labels seem mediated from the characteristic hip-hop culture. The experiment offered some explanation to the problem of verbally describing expressive scratch music. The set of labels found can be used for further experiments, for example when instructing DJs in performances.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sapporo, 2008. 20- p.
Computer Science Human Computer Interaction Psychology Music
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-52078OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-52078DiVA: diva2:465372
the 10th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition
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