A new field of research is looking into what makes some music genres sound better than others.
And it’s the result of a long-term collaboration between the Centre for Music Theory at the University of Exeter and the University College London.
The team of researchers from the UK and the UCL have used computer models to try to understand how different types of music sound to listeners and, more importantly, how different genres of music compare in terms of their emotional impact.
The results are surprising.
For example, the team found that the sounds of jazz and blues are quite different in terms, say, of intensity.
But the researchers say that these differences could be explained by different methods used to generate the sounds.
One of these methods, they say, is the creation of a new musical genre called ‘mixed jazz’, which involves combining two genres that are distinct from each other.
This means that the sound of a blues song is quite different from the sound a jazz song.
But a jazz guitar riff, for example, sounds quite similar to a blues guitar riff.
Another method is to create a new genre called “soprano” by combining two types of popular music: pop and rock.
The researchers suggest that this is where their findings come from.
The researchers think that the new music genres have their own distinctive characteristics.
But how do they work?
In order to understand the differences, the researchers used a combination of machine learning and mathematical models to create music-related simulations.
The simulation included the sounds made by different instruments, and it also used the music to generate sounds for each genre.
The scientists analysed these results to identify the sounds that people would associate with different genres.
In particular, they wanted to see whether the sounds they made could be described as ‘muted’, ‘complex’, or ‘ambient’.
For example, if the sound you hear when you’re playing the guitar is the same as the sound made by a saxophone, then you’re probably more likely to associate this sound with a jazz or pop band than a classical music ensemble.
So the researchers ran several simulations using different music genres, and they found that, in general, people associate a specific type of sound with one genre more than another.
The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.
It also found that people were more likely than not to associate a genre with the most emotionally powerful sounds, while people associate the most complex sounds with the least powerful sounds.
But these results don’t explain why some genres are more popular than others, the study concludes.
Instead, they suggest that, if music is something that appeals to people, then it is likely to have a specific sound, that’s different to the ones people associate with their favourite genre.
And it may be that the more complex a genre is, the more people associate that sound with it, even if that sound is not very powerful.
The Centre for Musical Theory at University College, London, is an affiliate of the University and Oxford University.
For more information, visit their website.