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Audio Tease. Watch the Brilliant Video.

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Reviewed: 05-01-20

Given that this particular edition of The Great Courses is about music, one would think that listening to audio only would suffice. However, very early on, and throughout, our esteemed lecturer in music and math constantly refers to the rich content of images, pictures, diagrams, graphs. He employs physical demonstrations on his beautiful violin and asks you to look at how he’s performing a particular technique. He does the same with piano and novelty instruments such as the Whirly Tube.

We are to visually appreciate and analyse sine waves and compare the graphical frequency spectrums of different instruments playing the same note in order to distinguish timbre and the harmonic series.

This is as much a visual course as it is an auditory one. The production quality is first class. However, the medium of an audiobook is not the format The Great Courses was created for. By listening to the audio only, I felt very much left out in the cold. As if the lecture hall was full and I could only hear from outside by pressing my ear to the door. Imagine watching a movie with your eyes closed. I thought I could bear it, but after two hours into this eight hour course (with constant reference to visuals) I just couldn’t take missing out any longer.

The Great Courses have an app in the App Store with a 14-day free trial (although the full memberships are cheaper if you sign up via their website and not through the in-app purchase). I am now watching the same course using the free trial and the visuals and production quality are far superior than I even hoped or anticipated.

I love this course, but the audio only version is an absolute tease. If you’re happy missing out on all the visuals, then it’s fine on this platform. But if you want the course in its full original glory which means getting maximum educational benefit, insight and understanding then go for the real thing.

This is not the first Great Courses production I’ve listened to on Audible. Some are perfectly fine as audio only. For the first time however, I’ve realised that How Music and Mathematics Relate is not one of those courses.

Enjoy!

5 people found this helpful

Excellent for Ethiopian History and Rasta Livity

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-01-20

Essential Reading for those who value knowledge, wisdom and insight into Ethiopian History and Rasta Livity.

A very well researched and historical account of Ethiopian history, the origins and development of the RastafarI movement and much more.

Having first purchased the audiobook, which I found most interesting and informative, I obtained the paperback version which I can further study with highlighting and annotation. There were many passages in the audiobook that I wanted to quote or look up.

This book is a valuable work for those interested in Ethiopia and RastafarI. Even the most seasoned African scholars and Rasta elders are bound to learn something new as the author Henry Epps covers a variety of topics with fascinating attention to detail.

I have noticed a negative review that completely misses the point of this book. Although the author is not Rasta he is, like Marcus Garvey, a Christian and Pan-Africanist.

Give Thanks for the time it took to compile, collate and document this treasure trove of wisdom and insight. One that should be on every bookshelf of those who value Ethiopian and Rasta history.

Target Just Spoke My Life

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Reviewed: 31-12-19

Being same age, from the same city and into the same music… Target just spoke my life. Jungle, Garage, all of it. He spoke my memories. Bigup and Blessup bruv 🔥🙌🏾😎👊🏾🇬🇳💫

Game Changer

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Reviewed: 12-08-19

But you knew that already.

Follow what music is showing you.

Vibes for days. Selah.

Hallucinations & Epilepsy

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-19

As the title may suggest, I thought this was a book about the love of music. It’s not. It’s as much about music phobia as it is about musicophilia.

As a musician who adores music, I’m always keen to learn more. However, this audiobook is a depressing account of neurological disorders from patients, many of whom have no love nor affinity for music at all.

Several times I had to switch off this audiobook as it was disturbing, irritating or incessantly annoying. I like to finish what I start, but after a few of hours, I simply could not take anymore. I gave up on this audiobook and requested a full refund.

This may be a good book for neurosurgeons and medical students. But for a lovers of music, musicophiliacs like myself, this book is the opposite of pleasant.

4 people found this helpful

As Perfect as a Music Theory Book Can Get

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Reviewed: 29-07-18

To learn music, one must play, experiment, be inquisitive and explore. This is a book, so it was hard to imagine how useful it could be and how much could be learned.

The great thing about this book, is that it encourages you to put it down. This is not a book one picks up and reads systematically from cover to cover in order to take in all the golden nuggets of information. This book, is more like having a teacher waiting, prompting and guiding you, as you play, comprehend & internalise concepts that are first felt and then understood (or sometimes vice versa).

Granted, musical examples within an audiobook would have been a bonus. However, the supporting PDF is comprehensive and the links to videos, sounds and pictures are rich. I was also glad that the Kindle version of this book was free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription meaning that I could read along and see the diagrams whenever I wanted.

All in all, this book does exactly what it’s supposed to do… it fills in the gaps of one’s musical knowledge while dropping pearls of wisdom.

Every player will be at their own level, so more experienced musicians will skip certain parts. However, there is something for everyone. A book that should be part of every musicians collection, as part of their passion-for-music journey as well as a reference.

Knowledge is worth more than silver and gold!

7 people found this helpful

More Than Chakras

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Reviewed: 01-10-17

This audiobook is so much more than the study & understanding of chakras. It is very much a personal development and self-help book exploring childhood psychology and much more. Well read by the author with music, guided meditation and including pdf reference material. A great introduction to chakras for beginners and yet a deep psychological insight into balancing & healing for seasoned chakra professionals!

11 people found this helpful

Required Reading for All Males

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Reviewed: 02-09-17

This should be a standard and basic text for all males who are conscious, aware and awoke to the modern day gender dynamics. I have friends coming up to me asking why I'm so good with women. I refer them to this text as a starting point. A pleasure to listen to in audiobook format. Share with your dad, son, best man and become the fully realised and actualised men you were intended to be.

2 people found this helpful

Simply Amazing

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Reviewed: 30-01-17

Really impressed by this book. Not only did I learn about raising my son, but I learned a lot about myself and how I was raised, the issues I went through and what to do when my son and other young men I'm able to support go through the same thing. Highly recommended to all fathers of sons and mothers too.

He's a Little Crazy and that's Good

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Reviewed: 27-12-16

He's a little crazy, but in the words of Seal, "How are we ever going to survive, unless we get a little crazy!" …We realise that spiritual people who regularly transcend the everyday worries, concerns, pains, passions and burdens are often perceived as "different" …However, with a little more depth of understanding, we see their truths, universal truths and timeless wisdom. It's impossible to listen to this programme (or read this book) without taking away something valuable that will stay with you for all of your days.

1 person found this helpful