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

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 0 (421 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Powell Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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An enthralling investigation into the mysteries of music. Have you ever wondered how off-key you are while singing in the shower? Or if your Bob Dylan albums really sound better on vinyl? Or why certain songs make you cry?

Now, scientist and musician John Powell invites you on an entertaining journey through the world of music. Discover what distinguishes music from plain old noise, how scales help you memorize songs, what the humble recorder teaches you about timbre (assuming your suffering listeners don't break it first), why anyone can learn to play a musical instrument, what the absurdly complicated names of classical music pieces actually mean, how musical notes came to be (hint: you can thank a group of stodgy men in 1939 London for that one), how to make an oboe from a drinking straw, and much more.

With wit and charm, and in the simplest terms, Powell explains the science and psychology of music. Clever, informative, and deeply engaging, How Music Works takes the secrets of music away from the world of badly dressed academics and gives every one of us whether we love to sing or play air guitar the means to enhance our listening pleasure.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Bobby | 2/15/2014

    " Very engaged in the beginning, seriously slumped in the middle, but picked back up at the end. I learned quite a bit about music that I didn't know before so not a total loss. Still I was hoping for better. And the "humorous" tone got old very quickly even though I'm a fan of the dry British wit. This was not that. It felt more like your dad trying to tell jokes to your high school friends that were awkward and forced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Garrett | 2/8/2014

    " He's a scientist, a musician, and a funny guy. This makes John Powell the perfect guy to explain things like why 10 violins aren't 10 times louder than 1 violin, why certain notes sound good together, and how microphones work. For musically inclined, you'll get a nice little dose of science to explain all those eardrum waggling vibrations. For those who cannot read music, you'll learn how (and why) key signatures work. It is fun and interesting with a few illustrations along the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Anthea | 1/29/2014

    " This is a very easy yet thoroughly informative read. I looked forward to reading it every night. The author is witty and engaging. He writes with authority and without condescension. I'd love to meet him - you get a great impression of the real John Powell through the text. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Michael Tuchman | 1/26/2014

    " This book takes on a difficult task - survey all of music theory in a short volume for an audience of novices. Powell's shows superior taste in his choice of topics as well as his ability to simplify. The only complaint about the book comes from the occasionally clever comments. These comments are ostensibly intended to keep the reader believing he's an ordinary fellow, and not an egghead, but they come off as sounding rather condescending. Powell writes well enough that he does not have to resort to this. "

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About the Author

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

About the Narrator

Walter Dixon is a broadcast media veteran of more than twenty years’ experience with a strong theater and performing arts background. He has voiced numerous commercials and animated characters. Having recently left a career in public radio, he is now a full-time narrator with more than fifty audiobooks recorded in genres ranging from religion and politics to children’s stories.