The Effect of Repetitive Structure on Enjoyment in Uplifting Trance Music
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Whereas previous studies have examined the effect of rhythmic structures in trance music, the present research explores the impact of harmonic repetition on enjoyment through empirical testing. A number of uplifting trance (UT) excerpts were generated with different semiotic patterns (structures defining the order of chords in the sequence) each with varying levels of harmonic repetition. Listeners then provided enjoyment ratings for each of the excerpts. The results of the experiment indicate that harmonic repetition, not only rhythmic or percussive structure, does in fact contribute to the enjoyment of uplifting trance music. Depending on the harmonic context, greater chord diversity or maximal repetition elicits high enjoyment.