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Published on May 21, 2012
Longing -- I chose piano and strings because of the combined expression of sadness they can create (because with longing often comes sadness). The tempo is slow at first and speeds up as the melody changes from simple to more complicated -- expressing a more passionate longing towards the end.
Anticipation -- When you anticipate something that is about to happen, time (clocks) become very important -- the steady beat of the single note (and the bass notes through the song) is representative of a ticking clock. A Marimba was chosen for the harsh ticking sound. The melody is repetitive because there is usually only one thing that occupies your mind when you're anticipating something.
Fear -- The melody is played on a glockenspiel which almost has a child-like innocence to it, making it all the more creepy sounding. In conjunction with the harpsichord, it creates a 'haunted' sound. The tempo increases as though the feeling of fear is increasing. Each instrument seems to have its own rhythm, giving the idea of chaos (an unclear mind).
Anger -- I chose a heavier rock style because it is typically seen as being an "angry genre". The guitars are distorted and grungy sounding, creating an unpleasant and harsh sound. The instruments seem to clash a bit, giving a fierce sound as though someone who is angry is taking it out on the instruments. The tempo is steady while the rhythm is on the off-beat, creating a sort of disconnected sound.
Laughter -- The combination of acoustic and electric pianos, xylophone and bells give the piece a childish element. There is nothing like the sound of children laughing. The melody and appregiated chords are played in a "rolling" fashion in attempts to emulate laughter. Someone once described the "tinkling of children's laughter" which is represented by the bells. The tempo remains steady with an up-beat, swing rhythm -- laughter is light-hearted.