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This Is What It Sounds Like - What the Music You Love Says About You

This Is What It Sounds Like - What the Music You Love Says About You

Susan Rogers
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT

When you listen to music, do you prefer lyrics or melody? Intricate harmonies or driving rhythm? The “real” sounds of acoustic instruments or those of computerized synthesizers? THIS IS WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE: What the Music You Love Says About You, by cognitive neuroscientist and legendary record producer Susan Rogers and neuroscientist Ogi Ogas, distills a lifetime of musical and scientific research into a musical journey that reveals why your favorite songs move you.


Drawing from her successful career as one of the most successful female record producers of all time—engineering hits like Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Barenaked Ladies' "One Week"—Susan Rogers (along with neuroscientist Ogi Ogas) leads readers to musical self-awareness. Rogers explains that we each possess a unique “listener profile” based on our brain’s reaction to seven key dimensions of any record: authenticity, realism, novelty, melody, lyrics, rhythm, and timbre. Are you someone who prefers lyrics or melody? Do you like music “above the neck” (intellectually stimulating), or “below the neck” (instinctual and rhythmic)? Whether your taste is esoteric or mainstream, Rogers guides readers to recognize their musical personality, and offers language to describe one's own unique taste. In helping readers to explore this profile, Rogers takes us behind-the-scenes of record-making, using her insider's ear to illuminate the music of Prince, Frank Sinatra, Lana Del Rey, and many others.


This Is What It Sounds Like will deepen your connection to your favorite records, refresh your playlists, and uncover new aspects of your musical personality, and undoubtably change the way you listen to music.


Susan Rogers, PhD, is a cognitive neuroscientist and a professor at Berklee College of Music, as well as a multiplatinum record producer. She was Prince’s sound engineer during his peak productive era (1983-1987). In 2021, Rogers was the first woman to receive the Music Producer’s Guild Outstanding Contribution to U.K. Music award.


Mark Jude Tramo, MD, PhD will join Susan Rogers in conversation. Dr. Tramo is the Director of the Institute for Music & Brain Science and is a professor in the Neurology Department of the David Geffen School of Medine at UCLA and in the Ethnomusicology Department of the Herb Alpert School of Music. Dr. Tramo has been conducting original research on the functional neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of music perception and cognition for over 20 years. He has received numerous awards for research and patient care, including recognition from Best Doctors in America for seven consecutive years. Before coming to UCLA, Dr. Tramo taught at Harvard University, served on the steering committee of the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Interfaculty Initiative.




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