Surely the true mark of shoddy writing is the misuse of scientific concepts well outside the domain in which they make sense. And so for today’s post, the idea I intend to butcher is that of the attractor.
Better people than I have tried to model music in quantifiable terms. For instance, these folksonomies that were all the rage a few years ago can be seen as an attempt to map genres to a body of work.
If we turn now to the emotional resonance of a given piece of music, then I contend that however you measure that, there are a number of attractors in that phase space that pull all music towards their own primal direction, sort of like meta-tropes. Well-known attractors include:
- "Let’s get it on like fuckbunnies"
- "Boo-Yah! We’re awesome!"
- "Everything Hurts"
- "Oh shitshitshitshit shit SHIT! Things are TENSE!"
- And many more
Somewhere down that list, one would find an entry named “chill”. That’s right, just chill. And that entry would be perfectly illustrated by the clip above.