What is Music and Why is it So Special?

By Casey Chan on at

Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad sits down to talk about music — its purpose, its function, its meaning — with film-maker Mac Premo in this wildly frenetic video and somehow manages to explain why music is so special.

Abumrad says that unlike words, which are basically just a code or an agreement between people, music just is what it is, and the response we have is innate. Music can magically get around a person’s rational defences and is something that makes us who we are.

It’s a really fun video to watch, especially if you like music like Abumrad does.