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How Music Works

The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond

How Music Works

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How Music Works

How Music Works

The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond

Audio CD

05/24/2016

7 Audio CD

488 minutes

9781520019802

Audio MP3 CD

05/24/2016

1 Audio MP3 CD

488 minutes

9781520019819

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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.

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In this enlightening book, Powell, a British scholar and professor sets out to explain how we experience music. He selects examples from all manner of disciplines--music composition, simple mathematics, physics, engineering, history--and offers his insights, such as how Bach' s Prelude in C Major is similar to Led Zeppelin' s Stairway to Heaven….Powell conveys the material with enough humor and cocktail party facts to keep the book light and fun., Publishers Weekly

In this distinctive combination of scientific treatise and laugh-out-loud commentary, composer and physicist Powell...has carved out an intriguing niche by using humor to enliven what could have been an otherwise dry introduction to acoustics...readers ... should glean some useful background for music study while simultaneously being entertained., Library Journal

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