Posted at 12:27 PM on September 29, 2008
by Gillian Martin
I have long been fascinated by perception and brain science, so I was delighted when a recent internet search for "Vladimir Ashkenazy" turned up this excerpt from a recent book by Oliver Sacks called Musicophilia: Tales of Music & the Brain. (Sacks's best known book is probably The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.)
The excerpt tells the stories of a couple of people who were more or less indifferent to music but then became obsessed with it after their brains got knocked around a little.
If you're interested, check out Daniel Levitin's book This is Your Brain on Music, too.