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How Music Works by John        Powell
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Jul 09, 2011

really liked it
Read from July 09 to 15, 2011

This book looks at several questions about music that any curious person has probably thought to himself, and does it in a way that requires no special background in music or science. Unfortunately as someone with a background in both, I found this book a little long winded. Powell likes to make cute jokes about everything, but mostly self-deprecating jokes about scientists. They aren't bad, but literally happen almost every page, and so tend to feel like they are dragging the book out.

Also included is a CD that illustrates many of the point discussed in the book with real examples. This is a nice touch, though the CD itself is very short.

Overall this book is a fun look at some rarely discussed concepts in music.
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