The 9th International Symposium on Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval (CMMR) Music and Emotions will take place at Queen Mary University of London on 19-22 June 2012.

Music can undoubtedly trigger various types of emotions within listeners. The power of music to affect our mood may explain why music is such a popular and universal art form. This is probably due to the fact that, as human listeners, we are hard-wired to enjoy music. Research in cognitive science has shown that some music pieces can enhance our intellectual faculties in given conditions because they change our mood and induce positive affects. Music psychology studies have shown our ability to discriminate various types of expressive intentions and emotions in the composer/performer musical message. But the understanding of the genesis of musical emotions, the mapping of musical variables to emotional responses, and the automatic retrieval of high-level descriptors characterising emotions, remain complex research problems.

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