Welcome to the music "Mood Rater"

You are invited to take part in this research study on time-varying music emotion perception in live performance. This study is conducted by Simin Yang from Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London, as a part of her doctoral research. This research is supervised by Professor Elaine Chew and Dr. Mathieu Barthet. 

Procedures of the study:

  • Task 1:  You will be asked to watch a video recording of a live classical music performance totalling 17 minutes in length, and to rate the perceived emotion in the two-dimensional valence-arousal space. During this session, you may pause the video and replay it where necessary. 
  • Task 2: You will be asked to confirm each rating you have given in 6 short selections from the full recording. For each rating, once it is confirmed, we appreciate it if you can write down the reasons for your choice. 
  • Task 3: Finally, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about your music preference and experience.  


  • Please fill in your ID at the bottom of this page before starting the experiment, and fill in the SAME ID on the questionnaire page.
  • Please use headphones adjusted to a comfortable listening level.
  • The whole task takes around 50 minutes; you may take breaks between tasks.


This experiment has been reviewed and approved by the QMUL Ethics Committee on ..... Your anonymised data and its analysis may be reported in academic journals or selected press releases. At no stage will any personally identifying information be revealed. If you have any questions about the experiment (or your personal ratings), please do not hesitate to get in touch with Simin Yang (simin.yang@qmul.ac.uk).

After typing in your ID, please click Continue below to start.