Music in Mind and Culture
By (author) William L. Benzon
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Beethoven's Anvil by William L. Benzon
Book DescriptionWhy does the brain create music? In Beethoven's Anvil, cognitive scientist and jazz musician William Benzon finds the key to music's function in the very complexity of musical experience. Music demands that our symbol-processing capacities, motor skills, and emotional and communicative skills all work in close coordination--not only within our own heads but also with the heads (and bodies) of others. Music is at once deeply personal and highly social, highly disciplined yet open to emotional nuance and interpretation. It's precisely this coordination of different mental functions, Benzon argues, that underlies our deep need to create and participate in music. At once daring and scholarly, this remarkable book offers a sweeping vision of a vital, underappreciated force in our minds and our culture.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465015443
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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Why does the brain create music? William Benzon finds the key to music's function. Music demands a coordination of different mental functions and it is this, Benson argues, tht underlies our deep need to create and participate in music. Music synchronizes the brain and has a profound influence on the shape of mind and human cultures.
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Author Biography - William L. Benzon
William L. Benzon, Ph.D., a cognitive scientist, is Senior Scientist with Metalogics Incorporated and an associate editor of The Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems. He is also co-founder of the musical ensemble AfroEurasian Connection. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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