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
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!
Kate Adie's Desert Island Books was thoroughly enjoyable! I had no idea she was (a) so glamorous and (b) so delightfully funny.
Thank you very much for having me to the festival and making me feel so welcome.
I'm now back at my desk after Ann Cleeves' mammoth book tour and wanted to send a note to say a huge thank you for hosting such a fantastic event for us. It was a definite highlight out of the 30 events!
We really enjoyed the talks we attended... and look forward to next year's event... Kate Adie was brilliant
Very well organised, excellent variety in terms of author and presentation. Favourite was Tony Robinson, but I also really enjoyed Julia Shaw (memory very thought provoking), Richard Dannatt (good solid start to festival) JOHN Wright (local and good humour) Alison Weir (such research and knowledge) and Victoria Hislop (novel in a different style).