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A legendary record producer-turned-brain scientist explains why you fall in love with music.
'Rogers is one of the greatest listeners and feelers of music ... [she] has once again inspired me as a both a listener and musician' Steven Page, Barenaked Ladies
'[A] revelation... extraordinary insights about music, emotion, and the brain... An instant classic' Dr Daniel J. Levitan, author of This is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind
'Rogers' book is a gift to music listeners of all kinds' Dan Charnas, author of Dilla Time
This Is What It Sounds Like is a journey into the science and soul of music that reveals the secrets of why your favourite songs move you. But it's also a story of a musical trailblazer who began as a humble audio tech in Los Angeles to became Prince's chief engineer for Purple Rain, and then create other No. 1 hits as one of the most successful female record producers of all time.
Now an award-winning professor of cognitive neuroscience, Susan Rogers leads readers to musical self-awareness. She explains that we each possess a unique 'listener profile' based on our brain's natural response to seven key dimensions of any song, and in so doing she helps us recognise our unique musical personality and shows that all of us can be musical simply by being active, passionate listeners.
Rogers also takes us behind the scenes of record-making - using her insider's ear to illuminate the music of Prince, Frank Sinatra, Kanye West, Lana Del Rey, and more. She shares records that changed her life and encourages us to think about the records that define our own identity.
Lively, inclusive and revelatory, This Is What It Sounds Like will refresh your playlists, deepen your connection to your favourite artists, and change the way you listen to music.