How Music Works by John Powell
The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond

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What makes a musical note different from any other sound? How can you tell if you have perfect pitch? Why do 10 violins sound only twice as loud as one? Do your Bob Dylan albums sound better on CD or vinyl? John Powell, a scientist and musician, answers these questions and many more in HOW MUSIC WORKS, an intriguing and original guide to acoustics. In a clear, accessible, and engaging voice, Powell fascinates the reader with his delightful descriptions of the science and psychology lurking beneath the surface of music. With lively discussions of the secrets behind harmony, timbre, keys, chords, loudness, musical composition, and more, HOW MUSIC WORKS will be treasured by music lovers everywhere.
 

About John Powell

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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.
 
Published November 3, 2010 by Little, Brown and Company. 266 pages
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In this enlightening book, Powell, a British scholar and professor, sets out to explain how we experience music. He selects examples from all manner of disciplines—music composition, simple mathematic

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BC Books

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Author's conversational tone and real life analogies make it easier to understand the building blocks of music.

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BC Books

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An exceptionally informative book on the how’s and why’s of the science of music.

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New York Journal of Books

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In his book, How Music Works, author John Powell takes us through several basic concepts used in the creation of music.

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Bestsellersworld

How Music Works actually explains the connections in creating music.

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Zimbio

at the same time, it is a broader, perhaps more fundamental look at music theory than books like Daniel Levitin’s This Is Your Brain on Music, which looks at how and why music works in the brain.

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