How Music Works

How Music Works

The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, From Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond

Book - 2011
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John Powell, a scientist and musician, answers questions about harmony, timbre, keys, chords, loudness, musical composition, and many more in this intriguing and original guide to acoustics.
Topical Term: Music
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Little, Brown, 2011
Edition: 1st Little, Brown pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780316098311
Branch Call Number: ML3805 .P69 2011
Characteristics: vi, 264 pages : illustrations, music ; 21 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)


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Aug 16, 2018

A very enjoyable and often funny book that does exactly what the title says. The key chapters, to my mind, are 8 through 11. It explains musical and acoustics (both the physics and the physiology) aspects so easily and comfortably that one wonders why it could not have been done so well before.

Jul 25, 2017

Excellent explanations of how music works and how to create the various atmospheres in pieces. Loved the CD included to with examples of what he describes in the book. Love John Powell and now I understand a bit more as to how he does what he does.

Oct 04, 2015

If like me you have a limited musical background, you will find this book really informative and interesting. Mr. Powell has a Master in music composition and a Phd in physics. A great combination to have in order to write this very enlightening book.

LMcShaneCLE Nov 22, 2012

We're all musicians- great book gift. Hint, hint :)


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