Wired has a brief interview with Daniel Levitin, ex-rock music producer and current Professor of psychology who is researching the neuroscience of musicians and music perception.
Levitin has just written a book entitled This is Your Brain on Music that describes his own take on how the mind and brain understand music, both as listeners, and as composers and performers.
The book has a flash-heavy website that contains several excerpts and interactive examples as both a preview and an accompaniment.
Levitin’s book comes at a time when there’s a huge upsurge in interest in understanding the neuroscience of music.
For example, there are now labs focusing on music and neuroimaging and the neuropsychology of music.
There’s even a recent academic book on the subject: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music.
Link to Wired interview with Professor Daniel Levitin.
Link to website for This is Your Brain on Music.