Research Corner - One size fits all?

At DM Sound Design, we realise the importance continued evolution and learning, with that said we are happy to share research projects conducted primarly by David Asomaning and colleagues, as well as interesting artices and videos from the world of sound design and music technology

Below is a pilot study conducted on Aesthetically Pleasing Frequencies by David Asomaning whilst studying for his Masters at NYU. He tries to identify a set of frequencies to manipulate in order to create the ‘best mix’ regardless of musical genre. Enjoy

My primary focus in the field of music technology has been production and recording until recently. For many years I have had a latent interest in how music affects us on an emotional and physical level, therefore when I was introduced to the research field of music cognition, my interest was piqued. The study of music perception and cognition (MPC) is generally focused on the mental and cognitive processes of musical events. It examines how we can gain a better understanding of the role music plays in our lives with regard to language, feelings and ideas, establishes links between cognitive motor abilities e.g. speech, dance and mathematics, and it helps us to answer questions as to why music evolved as a cognitive capacity. (Williams & Lerner, 2006). My research explores how the study of music cognition can improve the composition, recording and production process, in terms of identifying a set of frequencies to either include or exclude in order to produce aesthetically pleasing music regardless of genre.   Click the link below to read the full paper 

Aesthetically Pleasing Frequencies