How We Make Sense of Music
A tap of the foot, a rush of emotion, the urge to hum a tune; without instruction or training we all respond intuitively to music. Comparing Notes explores what music is, why we are all musical, and how abstract patterns of sound that don't actually mean anything can in fact be so meaningful.
Professor Adam Ockelford takes the reader on a clear and compelling tour of twentieth century musical theory and arrives at his own important theory of how music works. From pitch and rhythm to dynamics and timbre, he shows how all elements of music cohere through the principle of imitation to create something we instinctively grasp, whether listening to Bach or the Beatles.
Based on three decades of innovative work with blilnd children and those on the autism spectrum, the book shows how we all develop musically, and explores the experience of music from composer and performer to listener.
Adam Ockelford is Professor of Music at Roehampton University, where he directs the Applied Music Research Centre. He is the author of numerous books and appears regularly on radio and television. His TED Talk with musical savant Derek Paravicini has been viewed over one million times and been translated into twenty-five languages.
Thursday 19th October 3.00pm
United Church, 49-51 Charles Street
The festival was well organised, we enjoyed the talks we attended and very much hope to attend next year.
I did so enjoy being with you and doing my stuff. I hope to see you again, though I am so busy I don't seem to have time for writing much at present! I am
sure your festival will go from strength to strength….
Thank you for organising the Dorchester Literary Festival. It was our first year...and will certainly attend again. We particularly enjoyed Victoria Hislop (with a good interviewer), Kate Adie and Dr Julia Shaw on Memory - excellent presentation and interesting subject.
Thank you very much for having me to the festival and making me feel so welcome.
William and I had a very interesting and often hilarious time putting (our presentation) together – fortunately we both wanted to be thoroughly prepared, so we refined and refined… we enjoyed ourselves, aided and abetted by the helpfulness of you and yours behind the scenes, the warmth of the audience, and the pleasantness of the setting. Speaking at your festival was an altogether happy experience. I only wish I had managed to organise listening to many of the other talks, which I really wanted to do… Many congratulations to you and all your team, and all wishes for Festival no. 3!
It is really great to have a Literary Festival in Dorchester and I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into making it happen.