Dr. J. F. V. Vincent

Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (17 of 22)


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Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Ex&hellip by David Huron
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Future of Music, 26 April 2009
We all know about using tarot cards and astrology to predict events. But music? The combination of rigorous experiment, social science and imagination presented in this book suggests purpose in the arts. It's not just the preserve of the opinionated. Music is about what's going to happen next, and that's exciting! I read it because I don't believe in memes (the idea that culture is there because it's there). Huron's book lays the foundations for new ideas of cultural values and the reasons why we 'do' art. Really unmissable!
The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Cent&hellip by Alex Ross
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beecham's corollary, 19 Feb 2009
Is a twelve-tone row a pattern, a melody, or chaos? It depends on how you listen to it. The conductor Sir Thomas Beecham famously said "The English know nothing about music - they just like the noise it makes" And George Gershwin said "I very frequently hear music in the very heart of noise". This book unravels how the rules for making musical noise have changed over the last 100 years, and does it supremely well, showing how revolutionary ideas have threaded from master to pupil. The whole story is wonderfully illustrated by suitably noisy samples on the author's web site.