THE MIND, MUSIC & MATH
Remember the girl on TV with the frying pan? She was
out to make a point about your brain on drugs, and she did. Now Daniel
Levitin's catching a lot of people's ears with a new book called "Your
Brain on Music." In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
a visit with Daniel Levitin to explore music, the mind and the brain.
Also, British novelist Nick Hornby and physicist Janna Levin with new
fiction that ponders the minds of two brilliant and famous mathematicians,
as well as some other would-be suicides.
Daniel Levitin is the author
of "This Is Your Brain on Music." He tells Anne Strainchamps
how composers and performers play with our expectations to keep the
brain interested in music. Levitin describes what's going on in several
musical examples. Visit our website and we'll link you to his.
British novelist Nick Hornby
has written a funny book about suicide. It's called "A Long Way
Down." He reads excerpts and talks about it with Steve Paulson,
quickly admitting than none of his major characters actually die in
the novel. Also, Adam Haslett's first book was a finalist for
the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. It's a book of stories
called "You Are Not A Stranger Here." Haslett tells Jim Fleming
that the emotional worlds of his mentally ill characters are different
from those of the rest of us only in degree, not in kind.
Physicist Janna Levin has
written a novel called "A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines."
Levin tells Steve Paulson why she wanted to write about mathematicians
Alan Turing and Kurt Godel, and why her book is a novel. Also, Daniel
Levitan reacts to a musical example Anne Strainchamps provides and
talks about music and children's brains.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 06-10-22-A.
|Adam Haslett, You Are Not
a Stranger Here: stories (Anchor Books)
|Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down:
a novel (Riverhead Books)
|Janna Levin, A Madman Dreams
of Turing Machines: a novel (Knopf)
|Daniel J. Levitin,
This is Your Brain on Music: the science of a human obsession
- Music sting
Joni Mitchell "Big Yellow Taxi"
- First Levitin production piece
Steve Wonder - "Superstition; Rufus - "Tell Me Something Good";
Joni Mitchell - "Refuge of the Roads"; Owsley - "Oh no,
- After Hornby:
"Bellat" by Barry Phillips from Trad BPCD 049
- After Haslett:
- Dan Levitin "BOC II" (private recording)
- After Levin:
- Chopin: Nocturne (private recording)
- Second Levitin:
"Kookabura" - private recording of 4th grade string class
Mozart: Symphony No 1 in E-0flat, K 16; Prague Chamber Orchestra, Charles
McKerras (Telarc CD 80256)
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