In this groundbreaking union of artwork and technology, rocker-grew to become-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the relationship among tune—its efficiency, its composition, how we concentrate to it, why we experience it—and the human Mind.

Taking on distinguished thinkers who argue that tune is not anything greater than an evolutionary coincidence, Levitin poses that tune is key to our species, in all probability much more so than language. Drawing on the recent analysis and on musical examples starting from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, he finds:

• How composers produce one of the crucial such a lot pleasing results of being attentive to tune by way of exploiting the best way our brains make experience of the world
• Why we’re so emotionally connected to the tune we listened to as youngsters, whether or not it was once Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Dre
• That apply, relatively than skill, is the motive force in the back of musical expertise
• How the ones insidious little jingles (referred to as earworms) get caught in our head

A Los Angeles Times E-book Award finalist, This Is Your Mind on Music will draw in readers of Oliver Sacks and David Byrne, as it’s an remarkable, eye-establishing research into an obsession on the middle of human nature.