Book This is your brain on music

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Dave M
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Book This is your brain on music

Post by Dave M » Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:28 am

I have just been re reading this book by Daniel Levitin. While it is not immediately relevant to instrument making, for those who are interested in how we make, listen and respond to music it is fascinating. It does provide some deep background for our discussions of intonation and temperament.

Although it can get a bit tricky conceptually he generally writes very clearly and explains things well. His background as a producer in popular music before becoming an academic helps a lot. He is as familiar with the beatles as with beethoven.

My only criticism is with his use of a few unnecessary extended metaphors (I have scribbled out a few passages in my copy) but that might just be one of my sensitivities!

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