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Science writer Phil Ball presents a fascinating look at humanity's relationship with music, chaired by New Scientist Editor, Roger Highfield.
All human cultures seem to make music - today and through history. But why they do so, why music can excite deep passions, and how we make sense of musical sound at all are questions that have, until recently, remained profoundly mysterious. In this event science writer Philip Ball provides the first comprehensive, accessible survey of what is known - and what is still unknown - about how music works its magic, and why, as much as eating and sleeping, it seems indispensable to humanity.
Even with what appear to be the simplest of tunes, the brain is performing some astonishing gymnastics: finding patterns and regularities, forming interpretations and expectations that create a sense of aesthetic pleasure. Without requiring any specialist knowledge of music or science, Philip Ball will explore how the latest research in music psychology and brain science is piecing together the puzzle of how our minds understand and respond to music. Ranging from Bach fugues to Javanese gamelan, from nursery rhymes to heavy rock, Philip will interweave philosophy, mathematics, history and neurology to reveal why music moves us in so many ways.
We hope this event will not only deepen your appreciation of the music you love, but will also guide you into pastures new, opening a window on music that once seemed alien, dull or daunting. Philip offers a passionate plea for the importance of music in education and in everyday life, arguing that, whether we know it or not, we can all claim to be musical experts.
Tickets cost £8 standard, £6 concessions, £4 Ri Members.
Make a night of it! Come for a cocktail or something delicious, modern and British to eat in the bar. ‘Time & Space' at the Ri has the perfect atmosphere for a casual night out. Time & Space: cafe, bar and restaurant
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