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Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Richard Gray
Telegraph (20 February 2010)

“Modern classical music is so widely disliked by audiences because the human brain struggles to find patterns it needs to understand the compositions as music… For decades critics of modern classical music have been derided as philistines for failing to grasp the subtleties of the chaotic sounding compositions, but there may now be an explanation for why many audiences find them so difficult to listen to.


A new book on how the human brain interprets music has revealed that listeners rely upon finding patterns within the sounds they receive in order to make sense of it and interpret it as a musical composition.”


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