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PostHeaderIcon This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession (Paperback)

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This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

From Publishers WeeklyStarred Review. 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 (more…)

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10 Responses to “This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession (Paperback)”

  • Anonymous says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    The X Factor
    Well written and informative, but Mr. Levitin is apparently unable to recognize the X factor that is the indescribable, innate quality of an artist that cannot be taught; that…

  • Emery says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Book
    This is a great book. I play Tabla and this book just further enhances my practice.

  • Iden says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic Book!
    This book does an amazing job of introducing the reader to how the brain works, how it develops in the human, and how it responds to various stimuli including music.

  • Cybill says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Science for the rest of us
    Well written science about our brains and music that we can understand. Levitin uses humor and what we know to explain our obsession with music.

  • Shoney says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    High on small stories, short on science
    Interesting topic, and I had high expectations. Maybe that is part of the reason I was a little disappointed.

  • Dwi says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good introduction
    Great introductory book on Music and how brain interprets and responds to it. Interesting…It leaves you piqued but without satisfying your curiosity enough…

  • Xanto says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    A disappointing read
    There is not much that I can add to the many well written and accurate comments left by other (one and two star) reviewers.

  • Edie says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great companion for new music students
    Very interesting book, primarily focusing on evolutionary biology and how music fits into the big picture.

  • Syler says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I love this book. I bought it on a whim while browsing Amazon. I was attracted to the combination of science and music… to of my favorite subjects. And, wow…

  • Vi says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    This is my brain on meltdown
    I have an IQ of 156, and have been involved in music for over 30 years, as musician, performer, reviewer, promoter, photographer, judge, vocalist, and Karaoke.