How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond (MP3 CD)

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By John Powell, Walter Dixon (Read by)
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— Hachette Book Group

This is an extremely droll and amazingly informative study of music and music theory meant for everyone. Even musicians will learn the scientific and historical reasons for some of "the fiddly details" and get a chuckle from this physicist/composer's turn of phrase. — Karen Frank

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An Enthralling Investigation Into The Mysteries Of Music Have you ever wondered how off-key you are while singing in the shower? Or if your Bob Dylan albums really sound better on vinyl? Or why certain songs make you cry? Now, scientist and musician John Powell invites you on an entertaining journey through the world of music. Discover what distinguishes music from plain old noise, how scales help you memorize songs, what the humble recorder teaches you about timbre (assuming your suffering listeners don't break it first), why anyone can learn to play a musical instrument, what the absurdly complicated names of classical music pieces actually mean, how musical notes came to be (hint: you can thank a group of stodgy men in 1939 London for that one), how to make an oboe from a drinking straw, and much more. With wit and charm, and in the simplest terms, Powell explains the science and psychology of music. Clever, informative, and deeply engaging, How Music Works takes the secrets of music away from the world of badly dressed academics and gives every one of us--whether we love to sing or play air guitar--the means to enhance our listening pleasure.


Product Details
ISBN: 9798200642038
Publisher: Gildan Media Corporation
Publication Date: November 24th, 2010
Language: English