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He tools to enhance their musical preferences He takes readers under the hood of their favorite genres pop rock jazz hip hop electronica world music and classical and covers songs from Taylor Swift to Led Zeppelin to Kendrick Lamar to Bill Evans to Beethoven and through their work introduces the musical concepts behind why you hum along tap your foot and feel deeply Why You Like It will teach you how to follow the musical discourse happening within a song and thereby empower your musical taste so you will never hear music the same way agai This is a topic I am fascinated by and although I have a modicum of musical knowledge from piano lessons school band and community choir I have never studied music theory This looked like exactly the right book to describe in layman s terms why I loved John Denver when I was in high school but a good friend preferred Elton John and those weird kids in French class were obsessed with Kiss An additional layer of anticipatory excitement was added when I got my hands on the audio version instead of just looking at musical notation on a page I was going to hear all the examples When I started listening I was even excited to find out that the author was instrumental in the design of the listening algorithm for Pandora of which I am a fanIt didn t take long before my excitement turned to that same rock in the gut feeling I had when I realized I had accidentally done too well on my advanced placement tests for undergraduate French class and found myself in a room where I had no idea what was being saidNear the beginning he cautions the reader that they might find the early chapters on music theory and the history of music rough going but he sprinkles in pep talks and congratulates you for making it through when he s at the end of that section Then he launches into the science of sound and physiology of the ear followed by the neuroscience angle of listening to music Gee thanks for the breather Just when he was finally getting to the good stuff specific examples of what seemingly unrelated songs might have in common in the pop genre he segues into an extended metaphor about cell division which I m still trying to figure out Ultimately it was the last few chapters that I enjoyed the most Heck if he d mentioned in the preface that he was a dedicated Dr Demento listener as a kid I would have had a forgiving attitude through all the music theory and science but he saved that tidbit for near the end The single most interesting fact in the book for me is the number of thumbs upped songs of the average highly active Pandora listener just under 500 This fact is in the last chapter so I feel like I really earned that knowledge having made it through about 700 pages to get to itAn immense amount of work obviously went into writing this book and a person with zero musical background could learn a lot from it if that person had a great deal of tenacity and patience I think I would have enjoyed in my undergraduate days taking a course for which this book was the text Lectures could provide context and having the material spread out over a few months would be helpful I think Of course the book couldn t have existed then as neither Pandora the music genome project or indeed the internet existed If you really want to master this material I would suggest acuiring both the audio version and the ebook supplementing both with the website the author created for the book And take it slowAs for me I m going back to the tried and true method of uantifying musical taste courtesy of American Bandstand It s got a good beat and you can dance to it I ll give it a 91 If you want a modern method and this book has defeated you borrow Facebook s relationship status It s complicated and leave it at thatTL DR It s good but challenging If nothing else skip to the last chapter so you don t miss the Oh God I like Celine Dion anecdote

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What our favorite songs say about usDr Gasser delves into the science psychology and sociology that explains why humans love music so much how our brains process music and why you may love ueen but your best friend loves Kiss He sheds light on why babies can clap along to rhythmic patterns and reveals the reason behind why different cultures across the globe identify the same kinds of music as happy sad or scary Using easy to follow notated musical scores Dr Gasser teaches music fans how to become engaged listeners and provides them with t I loved this book probably because I had been waiting for someone to answer exactly that uestion why do I like that song in particular Is it because it s in A minor The chord progression The singer s voice The bass line I read John Powell s How Music Works some years ago but somewhat felt short of explaining everythingNolan Gasser provides a thorough and detailed explanation of the science behind music citing authors and research and giving examples of music works and artists as he goes He also analyses five musical works for each style genotype using both well known works and less known pieces His encyclopedic knowledge offers context to every point he makesHe organized the book mixing strictly musical chapters music theory and song analysis and science chapters anthropology physics neuroscience biology culture psychology I must admit that the biology chapter Interlude D felt like a bit of a stretch but then again maybe it s because I don t like biology very much The book contains the links to a web page where you can hear the music fragments used in the examplesYou ll enjoy this book if You are a music lover You are analytical and curious enough to learn about seemingly unrelated topics You have basic knowledge of how to play an instrument and read music as in you learned this as a child You are not afraid of long booksStill not sure if this book is for you Check his TEDx talk if you re curious for read the book

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From the chief architect of the Pandora Radio’s Music Genome Project comes a definitive and groundbreaking examination of how your mind body and upbringing influence the music you loveEveryone loves music But what is it that makes music so universally beloved and have such a powerful effect on usIn this sweeping and authoritative book Dr Nolan Gasser a composer pianist and musicologist and the chief architect of the Music Genome Project which powers Pandora Radio breaks down what musical taste is where it comes from Why You Kindle and 6510If Gasser had actually written the book he outlines at the beginning this might be one of my favorite books ever As the primary architect of the music genome project he states that his intentions are to write a pretty relatable dive into music structure and why people have certain affinity for various songs and genres The portion describing the history of Pandora and his role creating it s musical taste database is fascinating However once he moves into music structure and how to classify it Gasser just can t help himself As the type of analytic person to develop his music genome project he can t summarize He starts in on a topic and has to tell you everything he knows about it What is supposed to be an overview that someone without any music background can follow becomes a deep dive into music theory I have a bit of music background having played piano for four years and having sung in a choir in high school and I found myself completely lost at times It didn t help that the website that is supposed to contain music clips and extra material doesn t really work I m glad I read this and there were a lot of absolutely fascinating portions but a good editor should have sat down with Gasser and explained that in order to reach a broader audience he needed to make the book he d described in the first chapter


10 thoughts on “Why You Like It

  1. says:

    6510If Gasser had actually written the book he outlines at the beginning this might be one of my favorite books ever As the primary architect of the music genome project he states that his intentions are to write a pretty relatable dive into music structure and why people have certain affinity for various songs and genres The portion descr

  2. says:

    ' We tend to take too much of our musical taste for granted But it is not to be taken for granted that the laws of physics and mathematics stipulate that steady freuencies produce overtones that align in perfect proportions stacking

  3. says:

    If your book is so boring that every chapter has a disclaimer about it being a boring bit to slog through befor

  4. says:

    I first heard of Nolan Gasser during a work commute listen to NPR's All Things Considered He was being interviewed about this book and was introduced as chief musicologist and architect of Pandora Radio's Music Gen

  5. says:

    I loved this book probably because I had been waiting for someone to answer exactly that uestion why do I like that song in particular Is it because it’s in A minor The chord progression The singer’s voice The bass line I read John Powell’s How Music Works some years ago but somewhat felt short of explaining everythingNolan Gasser provides a thorough and detailed explanation of the science behind music

  6. says:

    Best for someone with at least some perfunctory musical understanding eg the ability to read music but immensely informative and tho

  7. says:

    Self indulgent to an extreme I can see why Imagine you had a big CD collection you love and someone paid you to arrange your collection in different ways And then you get to write a book about it That was or less his job at Pandora Maybe this

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    This is a topic I am fascinated by and although I have a modicum of musical knowledge from piano lessons school band and community choir I have never studied music theory This looked like exactly the right book t

  9. says:

    Despite my rating I actually really like the musical learning I gleaned from this book As an extremely amature musician myself I read music and enjoy it but I didn't understand much music theory This gave me a good overview of those concepts and how to look at music as the sum of it's parts allowing you to notice commonalities be

  10. says:

    I received my copy through the publisher in Goodreads GiveawaysSuper well researched and broad in scope but hard to recommend for a casual reader This feels like a tome for a music theory major than a pop neuroscience book

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