BBC Documentary – How Music Makes us Feel

Just a quick post – tonight a documentary about one of my research areas, music and emotion, was shown on BBC1. The film looks at why music evokes emotion, describes some of the most characteristic emotions humans experience when listening to music, and which musical techniques are used to draw out these feelings.

The film also features footage from CMMR 2012 (Computer Music Modelling and Retrieval) where I presented some of my work, which aims to discover which emotions are most easily described by combinations of audio, lyrics, and social tags. Find out more on my publications page.

The documentary itself can be seen on iPlayer here for the next seven days. Look out for a familiar face around 32 minutes in! (people outside the UK, you can view this video if you have access to a VPN….)

5 thoughts on “BBC Documentary – How Music Makes us Feel

  1. Hello.

    I am currently researching emotional subjectivity in film and the way in which music represents this for my undergraduate dissertation. I’m hoping to follow this up with my MA thesis next year as well.

    I watched the documentary – it was fantastic. I didn’t realise it would only be available for a short time. Do you happen to know if it is available anywhere else?

    Many thanks,


    • Hi Michael.

      Thanks I’m glad you enjoyed the film! Unfortunately indeed it looks like it’s no longer available on iplayer…was there something in particular you wanted to know about mood/emotion in music? Kind regards,


  2. Hi,

    I am also doing a similar sort of project as Michael. I had only caught the last 10 minuets of the documentary when it was aired and now I need to watch it as part of my research. Do you know where I could find it?

    Many thanks,


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