The Music Instinct: How Music Works and Why We Can't Do Without It (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Sep 1, 2010 - Music - 464 pages
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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."
  

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Review: The Music Instinct: How Music Works and Why We Can't Do Without It

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An interesting read on how music affects us. The answer in a lot of cases is that we don't really know. This is a case where an ebook that played the examples would be really useful. I think they are ... Read full review

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This book is boring. I have been a musician my whole life and never have I been so bored talking about it. Blah blah blah blah blah Read full review

Contents

The Harmonious Universe An Introduction
1
Why We Sing What is music and where does it come from?
9
The Atoms of Music What are musical notes and how do we decide which to use?
32
Whats In a Tune? Do melodies follow rules and if so which?
91
Keeping It Together How do we decode the sound?
137
All Together Now How do we use more than one note at a time?
163
Slave to the Rhythm What gives music its pulse?
207
The Colour of Music Why do instruments sound different and how does that affect the music?
228
Going In and Out of Style What are musical styles? Is music about notes or patterns or textures?
322
Why Music Talks to Us Is music a language? Or is it closer to the nonverbal arts?
355
The Meaning of Music What are composers and musicians trying to say? Can music in itself say anything at all?
381
The Condition of Music
409
Credits
413
Notes
415
Bibliography
425
Index
443

All In the Mind Which bits of the brain do we use for music?
240
Light My Fire How does music convey and elicit emotion?
254

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About the author (2010)

Philip Ball is a freelance writer and the author of numerous books, including Universe of Stone: A Biography of Chartres Cathedral and Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads To Another, which won the 2005 Aventis Prize for Science Books.

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