Musical Refinement

Sometimes a tugged mental thread yields the most unexpected byways of learning. This particular journey began the other evening, when I was listening to a French radio station, Swing FM, while sipping a glass of champagne. The music playing was a heavy Hammond organ thing, the champagne didn’t taste quite right, and fortunately, some small…

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Human Harmonicity

These two items seem to me to belong together: A study showing that the human brain is wired for harmonicity, and the translation of brain signals into music. First, from ScienceNOW: “Since the days of the ancient Greeks, scientists have wondered why the ear prefers harmony. Now, scientists suggest that the reason may go deeper…

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