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Everybody likes music, don't they?

How can a song mean terror for one person and boredom for another? Stories about complicated relationships with music, and reflections from Gareth Malone and Sophie Scott.

The BBC Proms are over for another year - a source of sadness perhaps. But what if music has no place in your life?

Some people seem completely impervious to music. To them it means nothing at all. Some suffer when faced with live performance; others fail to connect with music as social glue. And then there are those who don’t ‘get’ what music implies or the emotions it’s designed to provoke. Music can be used to sway political views. It can also be part of torture, leaving indelible effects on the human brain.

Today’s Sunday Feature ‘Everybody likes music don’t they?’ reveals the thoughts and insights of people who find their relationship with music to be a complicated one.

Voices and sounds reveal previously untold stories, while choral trainer Gareth Malone and professor of cognitive neuroscience Sophie Scott muse on the many ways that the human brain interprets music. Is there any way of knowing that what you hear is what I hear? How can a song mean terror for one person and boredom for another?

With Gareth Malone, Professor Sophie Scott, James Tysome (Emmeline Centre for hearing implants, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge), Frances Harris, Cherry, Mike Moreton, Sofie, Nav Chana, Margaret Farquharson, Christine Bell, Flora, Sheldon Gilbert, John Lwanda, Anna Papaeti and George Szirtes.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Presenter: Faith Waddell
Producers: Faith Waddell & Sarah Devonald
Assistant producer: Sofie Vilcins
Sound designer: Riccardo Marcucci

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