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Why you like the music you like

A photograph of the book ‘This Is What It Sounds Likes: What the Music You Love Says About You’ by Susan Rogers and Ogi Ogas.
Mark Mirko
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Record producer and neuroscientist Susan Rogers has a new book out, This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You. In it, she writes that “the music that delivers the maximum gratification to you is determined by seven influential dimensions of musical listening.” Those seven dimensions are authenticity, realism, novelty, melody, lyrics, rhythm, and timbre.

This hour, we talk with Rogers about some of those seven dimensions, the role of the listener in music, and why we are drawn to some songs and not others.


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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show, which originally aired October 15, 2022.

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