Motivations for listening to sad music: a holistic analysis

Pearce, Daniel (2016) Motivations for listening to sad music: a holistic analysis. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This study will explore the popular practice of people listening to sad music in contemporary society. The extended literature review, encompassing numerous disciplines, was undertaken to examine current insights into this paradox, specifically considering the form and symbolism of sad music, its evolutionary and modern use in society, its listeners and their listening rewards. The primary research reflects these areas with an online survey that poses diverse questions to better understand the phenomenon. It aims to tackle the issues of previous research such as: how music can be sad, what is sad about it, how it integrates into people’s everyday life and which personality types listen to it for what rewards and effects. Four hypotheses were produced to investigate the aforementioned issues. In addition, the data was analysed to find patterns in experience and to conclude with original contribution as to the nature of sad music and listener’s interaction with it.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2016 16:50
    Last Modified: 15 Jul 2016 16:50

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