The Music Instinct: How Music Works and why We Can't Do Without it

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Bodley Head, 2010 - Music - 452 pages
In 'The Music Instinct' Philip Ball provides a comprehensive, accessible survey of what is known and what is still unknown about how music works its magic, and why, as much as eating and sleeping, it seems indispensable to humanity.

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Impressive book about the technical and psychological sides of music. Explained things very well, although some questions still remained unclear. Interesting, all the same. Read full review

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Brilliant overview of current and past thinking about how music works, although mainly ( though not exclusively) from the POV of the western ear. Eclectic as to genre, rich with references to all kinds of interesting research, and written in an easy, conversational style. I am a deeply trained musician so much of the content was familiar to me, and there are large and satisfying chunks that are new to me. I can see that untrained readers may find this book a bit impenetrable, and because of this, I might not recommend it to a lay person. However, there are plenty of links to actual musical examples and there is much a lay person could enjoy, with judicious skimming :-) Peter Lemer 

Contents

The Atoms of Music
32
Whats In a Tune?
91
Keeping It Together
137
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