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How music works : the science and psychology of beautiful sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and beyond

Author: John Powell
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2010] ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : CD audio : Audio book, etc.   Sound Recording : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Sound recordings
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Book, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: John Powell
ISBN: 9780316098304 0316098302 9780316098311 0316098310
OCLC Number: 548642160
Description: vi, 264 pages : illustrations, music ; 22 cm 1 audio disc : digital, CD audio, stereo ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: So, what is music, anyway? --
What is perfect pitch and do I have it? --
Notes and noises --
Xylophones and saxophones : same notes but different sounds --
Instrumental break --
How loud is loud? --
Harmony and cacophony --
Weighing up scales --
The self-confident major and the emotional minor --
I got rhythm --
Making music --
Listening to music --
Fiddly details. Naming and identifying intervals ; Using the Decibel system ; Tuning an instrument to the pentatonic scale ; Calculating equal temperament ; The notes of the major keys. CD. How to get different sounds from a guitar string --
Can you guess what this instrument is? --
Why some notes clash and others get along together --
Different ways to accompany a tune --
Ancient and modern scales --
3,000-year-old music : ancient harp tuning --
The horrible out-of-tune bamboo whistle --
Confident majors and emotional minors --
How to bring tears to the eyes of the audience --
The magnificent drinking-straw oboe.
Other Titles: Science and psychology of beautiful sounds
Responsibility: John Powell.

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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.

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