Adam Ockelford Comparing Notes

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.

https://www.ted.com/talks/derek_paravicini_and_adam_ockelford_in_the_key_of_genius

 

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Thursday 19th October 3.00pm

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United Church, 49-51 Charles Street

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Adults: £10.00

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