The Music Instinct

The Music Instinct

How Music Works and Why We Can't Do Without It

Book - 2010
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From Bach fugues to Indonesian gamelan, from nursery rhymes to rock, music has cast its light into every corner of human culture. But why music excites such deep passions, and how we make sense of musical sound at all, are questions that have until recently remained unanswered. Now in The Music Instinct, award-winning writer Philip Ball provides the first comprehensive, accessible survey of what is known--and still unknown--about how music works its magic, and why, as much as eating and sleeping, it seems indispensable to humanity. Deftly weaving together the latest findings in brain science with history, mathematics, and philosophy, The Music Instinct not only deepens our appreciation of the music we love, but shows that we would not be ourselves without it. The Sunday Times hailed it as "a wonderful account of why music matters," with Ball's "passion for music evident on every page."
Publisher: New York, New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780199754274
Branch Call Number: 780.1 BALL
Characteristics: vi, 452 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm


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May 21, 2016

Fun new ways to look at music. I'd like someone to teach a music appreciation course based on some of these ideas. Music examples found on-line.

Apr 01, 2013

too technical; no music in the text

Dec 28, 2012

This is not a layman's book. You need to have a background in music theory to really understand what the author is discussing. Still interesting, but not for the non-music major!

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