The Music Instinct

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

Ball, Philip

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Music Instinct
From Bach fugues to Indonesian gamelan, from nursery rhymes to rock, music has cast its light onto every corner of human culture. But why music excites such deep passions, and how we make sense of musical sound at all have, until recently, remained mysterious. 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 withhistory, 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 everypage."

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
ISBN: 0199754276
Branch Call Number: 781.1 B1877m 2010
Characteristics: vi, 452 p. :,ill., music ;,25 cm


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Apr 01, 2013

too technical; no music in the text

Dec 28, 2012
  • rjmaley rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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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