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

Category: Book
By (author): Ball, Philip
Subject:  MUSIC / General
  MUSIC / Instruction & Study / Theory
  PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
Audience: professional and scholarly
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: May 2012
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 9.25in x 6.13in x 1.22in
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From The Publisher*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 andsleeping, 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.""
Biographical NotePhilip 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.