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This Is Your Brain on Music : The Science of a Human Obsession - Professor Daniel J Levitin

This Is Your Brain on Music

The Science of a Human Obsession

Paperback Published: 28th August 2007
ISBN: 9780452288522
Number Of Pages: 322
For Ages: 18+ years old

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In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between musicaits performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy itaand the human brain. Drawing on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, Levitin reveals:
a How composers produce some of the most pleasurable effects of listening to music by exploiting the way our brains make sense of the world
a Why we are so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers, whether it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Dre
a That practice, rather than talent, is the driving force behind musical expertise
a How those insidious little jingles (called "earworms") get stuck in our heads
And, taking on prominent thinkers who argue that music is nothing more than an evolutionary accident, Levitin argues that music is fundamental to our species, perhaps even more so than language. "This Is Your Brain on Music" is an unprecedented, eye-opening investigation into an obsession at the heart of human nature.

Industry Reviews

"Endlessly stimulating, a marvelous overview, and one which only a deeply musical neuroscientist could give....An important book."--Oliver Sacks, M.D. "I loved reading that listening to music coordinates more disparate parts of the brain than almost anything else - and playing music uses even more! Despite illuminating a lot of what goes on, this book doesn't 'spoil' enjoyment--it only deepens the beautiful mystery that is music."--David Byrne, founder of Talking Heads and author of How Music Works

"Levitin is a deft and patient explainer of the basics for the non-scientist as well as the non-musician....By tracing music's deep ties to memory, Levitin helps quantify some of music's magic without breaking its spell."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Why human beings make and enjoy music is, in Levitin's telling, a delicious story."--Salon.com

"Dr. Levitin is an unusually deft interpreter full of striking scientific trivia."--The New York Times

"Every musician, at whatever level of skill, should read this book."--Howie Klein, former president, Sire and Reprise/Warner Brothers Records

"Levitin's lucid explanation of why music is important to us is essential reading for creative musicians and scholars. I've been waiting for years for a book like this."--Jon Appleton, composer and professor of Music, Dartmouth College and Stanford University, inventor of the Synclavier synthesizer

ISBN: 9780452288522
ISBN-10: 0452288525
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 28th August 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.27

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