A guide to the art and the science of making music
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Offa's Dyke national trail provides the backdrop to a search for the spirit of music.
Topics along the 180-mile route range from the discovery of harmony to how the brain is affected by music, from how music inspired ancient astronomy to new technology and the future.
Chapters. Click on a heading for chapter samples:
1. What Is Music?
In which we begin a journey and make a map.
2. From Pythagoras to Dr Who
In which we work out, musically speaking how we
3. Discovering Harmony
In which we traverse mountains and do some
4. One Man's Music
In which we meet some sheep and the Count of
5. A Musical Disaster
In which we float gravity free, break some musical
eggs and prepare to leave the Middle Ages.
6. Making Waves
In which we see music.
7. Myth and Music
In which music moves mountains and revives the
8. The Musical Cosmos
In which mind, matter and music interweave
and we do battle in a wheat field.
9. Philosophers on Music
In which we find out what some top brains have
said about music and encounter a ghostly owl.
10. Between the Ears
In which we follow a sound wave into the brain
and end up in Oswestry.
11. The Shape of Music
In which we walk with the stream in the sky and
encounter an unearthly wind.
12. Romance and Revolution
In which all colour vanishes and magic
13. Contemporary Sounds
In which we spend time on the bald mountain and
heed nature's call.
14. Reprise, What Will Music Be?
In which we hear the music of the spheres and
eat a blueberry muffin.
15. The Spirit of Music
In which the sun rises and sets at the same time
and old friends meet again.
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Audio Diary Extract towards the end of the walk:
Offa's Dyke Path:
'All great thoughts are conceived while walking.'