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Musical Emotions Evoked by 3D Audio

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Do 3D audio formats enhance the quality or intensity of musical emotions? In this study, listeners were presented with classical musical excerpts in Stereo, 5.1 Surround, and Auro-3D 9.1 playback formats. Participants were asked to report their emotional states on the Geneva Emotional Music Scale (GEMS) while listening to two contrasting excerpts of Arnold Schönberg’s string sextet “Verklärte Nacht” op. 5. The results provide evidence that 3D audio can invoke a stronger overall emotional arousal in listeners.

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