Your Brain on Music – Melomania #11

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It’s a question that occurs to all musicians at some point (usually, for some reason, while practicing scales): what’s even the point of this? Music seems to have no value in terms of our survival as a species, yet it’s present in every human civilization in some form. It’s an inescapable part of our lives. So why is it so important to us? Why does Chopin feel sad? Why does Count Basie make us tap our feet? Some, but not all, or maybe even none of these questions will be answered in this episode of Melomania.

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Produced by Patrick Simpson