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.
©2010 John Powell (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp
"Powell conveys the material with enough humor and cocktail party facts to keep the book light and fun." (Publisher's Weekly)
I live in Thailand, and love to listen to audible.
Actually I liked it read by an American with intermittent blurbs read by the British author. It was really neat. I learned a lot and had fun listening. Highly recommended! The narration is wonderful. Add a little multi media with some music thrown in, and you have a winner! Loved it.
Interesting explanation of many musical concepts. Music was a "magical talent" to me until I listened to this book.
First I didn't get the humor, but quickly got used to the British humor and started enjoying the book.
I thought the narrator was annoying and that, unfortunately, didn't change much till the end of the book.
the material is excellent
Wrong narrator. Pauses too often without a need. The most unnecessary pauses are often between "the" and what comes after it. Why do you need to say "the pitch"???
absolutely not. couldn't even get past the first 20 minutes, tried skipping ahead, no better. speaker was very amateurish, like he was speaking to a 6 year old. substance of book much, much more simple than it needed to be.
no, only that I could return it
I have only been through the audible version
The explanation of connection between the various frequences
Everything was ok, very clear reading
It was lively and as an amateur musician, I found it to be very informative.
Explains many musical ideas in sound and theory.
A great primer for keen amateurs interested in expanding their knowledge about music.
I will listen again to refresh my understanding many more times.. its so easily followed.
Easy Mellow Clear
Music for dummies
I would recommend this book to someone who really wants to gain as much information about music and sounds as they can or if you are just learning to play or read music. Some of the technical info I could do without
Never have. But I do like his style
No because there are some chapters worth listing to a couple of times
This is a good book for a person who is really into every aspect of music, reading playing, composing, listening, and the technical aspect of sound. Warning you will not learn everything but you pick up enough to make it worth the listen.
Even if the author makes a good effort for giving the listener complete explanations, he misses the opportunity of using music to make his point. Sentences fall short to explain musical concepts and being an audiobook he could have made a great product if he had put more "beautiful sounds" and music in it to help the reader train his ear and develop a musical imagination.
Since it's "Audible", the presentation would have been much more meaningful with musical demonstrations for more than a very few of the concepts, not just oral descriptions.
The guitar or flute (during their occassional appearances).
It helped pass time at the treadmill.
Top 5%. The way it explains the theory is exceptionally understandable.
The way the author incorporates music pieces into the audio book
The chapter for how to bring out emotion.
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