Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Sam Nolan Logan 

BA [Hons] Creative Music Production

Hi, my name is Sam, and at a young age, I got my start within the industry by being a studio hand for Westland Studios from this point I have done numerous mixing and music production jobs, this had led me to my current job as a music curator for a company called Hyph when I have worked since early 2022, in this job I would analysis music and document the content of it. throughout my young career, I have been very fortunate to have worked with Grammy winners and chat toppers.

What is the relationship between Music and emotion and can it be captured?

The plan for the project was to research the relationship between emotion and music and write a collection of songs that demonstrate the effectiveness of these techniques. These songs would relate to each other telling a story about a relationship of a young couple and the emotions they face through it.

The aim of this project is to explore the relationship between music and emotions, then with this knowledge showcase the techniques that correspond to the desired emotion. This will be executed through the means of composing tracks that incorporate the techniques. This would be relevant to the industry as having the knowledge of what techniques are the most effective to use to convey emotion in a song would be a valuable resource. These songs will be written around the philosophy of Erik Erikson and his stages of development through life. The stage that will take focus is stage six where Erikson breaks down early adulthood by explaining his idea of intimacy vs isolation. This idea explains that young adults are unable to maintain relationships due to the fact that there is too much priority towards their career, studies or their ego. For this reason, the project will tell the story of a young adult and the emotions that he feels during a relationship. The ep focuses on a different emotion per track. The project will be broken up into four different tracks and has approximately eleven minutes of content.