Bad singer : the surprising science of tone deafness and how we hear music /

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Toronto : House of Anansi Press, Canada, p.325 pages ; (2016)



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OCLC: 928679896


Acoustics, Deafness, Instruction & Study, Musical perception., Physiological aspects., Sound


Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-310) and index.Side one: Music and human evolution -- "Sweet dreams (are made of this)" -- "It's only rock 'n' roll (but I like it)" -- "For the sake of the song" -- "The harder they come" -- Side two: The science of tone deafness -- "I've got news for you" -- "Tell it like it is" -- "Can you hear the music" -- "Blue highways" -- Side three: How we hear music -- "Cum on feel the noize" -- "Wordy rappinghood" -- "Small change" -- "Come undone" -- Side four: Unlocking a surprising secret of music -- "Teacher teacher" -- "If I only had a brain" -- "Smells like teen spirit" -- "Higher ground" -- Bonus track: "Silver and gold.""In the tradition of Daniel Levitin's This Is Your Brain on Music and Oliver Sacks' Musicophilia, Bad Singer follows the delightful journey of Tim Falconer as he tries to overcome tone deafness--and along the way discovers what we're really hearing when we listen to music. A work of scientific discovery, musicology, and personal odyssey, Bad Singer is a fascinating, insightful, and highly entertaining account from an award-winning journalist and author."--Issued also in electronic format.