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This Sounds Like Science - Why Music Works


Tue 6 Jun 2017, 12:30pm–1:30pm

Where: City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: CityRecitalHall

So much about music stems from science, be it composition, sound creation, sound manipulation or listening.

In this free lunchtime series, leading Australian researchers present the science behind music, paired with demonstrations and performances by local musicians. This Sounds Like Science is co-curated with Inspiring Australia, the national strategy for community engagement with the sciences.

Why Music Works: From Mathematics and String Theory to The Brain

Not all sequences of sounds are ‘musical’: some sound good, some sound awful, some move us to tears, some get our adrenaline surging and some don’t make sense to us at all. And there are all sorts of new explanations for this, with some surprising links to superstring theory and work done in neuroscience. The University of Sydney’s Professor Dean Rickles explains all.

Dean Rickles is Professor of History and Philosophy of Modern Physics and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Sydney, where he is also a co-director of the Centre for Time. He has written several books, including A Brief History of String Theory (Springer, 2015) and Philosophy of Physics (Wiley, 2016). In his earlier life he trained as a concert pianist, and still plays as often as he can.