How Music Works

Author(s): Mark Anderson

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Published July 28, 2021

This week’s discussion is an exploration of a rather radical and different view of music. Try, for a moment, to put aside your personal thoughts about music – what it is, how you feel about it, your emotional attachments to it, and so on.

There is a hotly debated, but well-investigated, correlation between people who are good at math and programming, and programming and music. Why? Because, at root, music is pure mathematics. All music is mathematical, because all music is based on patterns. And the neural impulses that hit our brain when we're listening to music are identically mathematical. If this sounds strange, cold, or just unromantic, it shouldn't – it turns out that this is the native language of your brain, and of all brains.

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Mark Anderson

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Mark Anderson writes the most accurate predictive reports covering the computing and communication industries. His weekly Trends and Predictions posts cover must-have information for strategy development and business technology planning, and are followed by technology executives and investors worldwide including Bill Gates, Paul Jacobs, Michael Dell and more.

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