How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond

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Little, Brown, Nov 3, 2010 - Music - 272 pages
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What makes a musical note different from any other sound? How can you tell if you have perfect pitch? Why do 10 violins sound only twice as loud as one? Do your Bob Dylan albums sound better on CD or vinyl? John Powell, a scientist and musician, answers these questions and many more in HOW MUSIC WORKS, an intriguing and original guide to acoustics. In a clear, accessible, and engaging voice, Powell fascinates the reader with his delightful descriptions of the science and psychology lurking beneath the surface of music. With lively discussions of the secrets behind harmony, timbre, keys, chords, loudness, musical composition, and more, HOW MUSIC WORKS will be treasured by music lovers everywhere.
 

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User Review  - encephalical - LibraryThing

Interesting approach, I was surprised he was able to avoid naming the notes as long as he did. Strong on the physics and acoustics. Humor veered a bit too the cornball on occasion. Read full review

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User Review  - Joles - LibraryThing

This is one of the most amusing true books about music that I've ever read. The author goes into a deep enough explanation of terms so that the lay-person isn't bored to tears yet it suits the more ... Read full review

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John Powell holds a PhD in physics from Imperial College at London University. He has taught physics at the University of Nottingham and the University of Lulea in Sweden. In 2003, he earned a master's degree in music composition from the University of Sheffield in Great Britain.

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