Neuroscientist and professional musician Levitin presents a fascinating exploration of the relationship between music and the mind--and the role of melodies in shaping our lives. Photos throughout.Neuroscientist and professional musician Levitin presents a fascinating exploration of the relationship between music and the mind--and the role of melodies in shaping our lives. Photos throughout.Read Less
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well written, much information but easy to digest.
May 13, 2010
More brain than I thought
As a music lover with little or no musical knowledge I thought this would fill in the gaps. Undoubtedly it would but it is not an easy read and not for the faint of heart. For the amatuer, it's a tough one. I think I will continue my search for a book about music written for music lovers whose desire to learn isn't for quite this much. A person with a good background in music might find this a treasure.
Apr 30, 2009
Interesting combination of music and its effect on our brains. It has long been known that music can actually heal people's emotional states (1 Samuel 16:23) and bring them back to health from amnesia ... like Melody Gardot. Great reading!
May 6, 2008
This book has fascinating information about the relationships between music and the way we think and process sensory input. Although much of the discussion of music theory would be well known to musicians, it provides a solid basis for relating auditory perception to the physics of sound and the physiology of the brain. Certainly this does not qualify as a superficial consideration of how music is received and understood by our minds.
Jan 6, 2008
I purchased this book based on an NPR interview and brief description (which--believe me--taught me a lesson). Mr. Levitin is obviously a person passionately engaged in pursuing the mysteries of human response to musical impulse. Astonishingly, his awareness of music is pretty much limited to what will go down in history as late 20th century pop--not exactly a scientific baseline for assessing global (i.e. over and above American baby-boomer generation) interaction between brain and music.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-05-15 Think of a song that resonates deep down in your being. Now imagine sitting down with someone who was there when the song was recorded and can tell you how that series of sounds was committed to tape, and who can also explain why that particular combination of rhythms, timbres and pitches has lodged in your memory, making your pulse race and your heart swell every time you hear it. Remarkably, Levitin does all this and more, interrogating the basic nature of hearing and of music making (this is likely the only book whose jacket sports blurbs from both Oliver Sacks and Stevie Wonder), without losing an affectionate appreciation for the songs he's reducing to neural impulses. Levitin is the ideal guide to this material: he enjoyed a successful career as a rock musician and studio producer before turning to cognitive neuroscience, earning a Ph.D. and becoming a top researcher into how our brains interpret music. Though the book starts off a little dryly (the first chapter is a crash course in music theory), Levitin's snappy prose and relaxed style quickly win one over and will leave readers thinking about the contents of their iPods in an entirely new way. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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