On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind (by Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis)

Author(s): Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish date: 2013-12-09
ISBN-10: 0199990824
ISBN-13: 9780199990825
Language: English
Description: Winner of the Wallace Berry Award, Society for Music
What is it about the music you love that makes you want to hear it
Why do we crave a "hook" that returns, again and again, within the
same piece?
And how does a song end up getting stuck in your head?
Whether it's a motif repeated throughout a composition, a sample
looped under an electronic dance beat, a passage replayed
incessantly by a musician in a practice room-or an "earworm"
burrowing through your mind like a broken record-repetition is
nearly as integral to music as the notes themselves. Its centrality
has been acknowledged by everyone from evolutionary biologist W…. more…

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