The Science of Music

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Robert Winston takes a scientific approach to music

TV & Radio Information
BBC Radio 4
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 11:30

 

Robert WinstonIn a new series exploring the power of sound, Robert Winston uses science to explain why music has such a strong psychological impact on us.

He examines the physics of hearing and attempts to isolate what our ears perceive and why sound is relayed to the brain in the way that it is. He also applies mathematics to scales and questions why different cultures have different takes on what makes an affecting melody.

In the first episode, BBC Four, Winston looks back to the origins of music with our cave-dwelling ancestors.