Friday, August 24, 2007

Sound Scientist Defies Convention

MONTREAL (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A maverick music scientist in Montreal, Canada, is shaking up the way you hear the hits.

Daniel J. Levitin is a neuroscientist, and author of This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession (Plume), in which he delves deeply into the science of sound, explaining the innate appeal of everything from Britney Spears to Bach.

But according to Levitin, it’s the songs that shake us subtly that strike the strongest chord.

He cites The Beatles, The Police, and The Talking Heads as bands who play around with convention while still giving our brain – and body – something to dance to.

Levitin says, “If a song doesn’t violate expectation, you’ll find it too banal, like Barney The Dinosaur’s song.”

And while Levitin, who’s also a professor and former producer and musician, is constantly swamped in the science of songs, he can still listen like a layman and enjoy classic Beethoven and rapper’ Nas equally.

He says, “I can turn off the dissection thing.”

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