The Saddest Music in the World is one of Guy Maddin’s multiple masterpieces. The movie depicts an international competition to make the saddest music in the world, and it is fantastic, hilarious, insightful, and strange. But can music really be sad? Or happy? Here’s more from Science Alert:
Experiments conducted by a team of scientists from Western Sydney University suggest we might only experience music as joyful or depressing thanks to a history of global influences of dominant musical cultures.
From pop music to Hollywood soundtracks, harmonies and melodies typically resonate with a more cheerful, uplifting mood if its notes or chords progress in a fashion described as major.
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