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ONLINE: This is what it sounds like

Tue 28 Mar, 7:00 pm8:00 pm

About the event

Legendary record producer-turned brain scientist, Susan Rogers – best known for her work with Prince and David Byrne – talks about her new book This is what it sounds like: what the music you love says about you.

A Kirklees Year of Music 2023 event.

When you listen to music, do you prefer lyrics or melody? Intricate harmonies or driving rhythm? The digital tones of synthesizers or the “real” sounds of acoustic instruments?

Drawing from her successful career as a music producer (engineering hits like Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Barenaked Ladies’ “One Week”), Professor of cognitive neuroscience Susan Rogers reveals why your favourite songs move you.

She 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. Exploring this profile will deepen your connection to music, refresh your playlists, and uncover aspects of your personality.

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. Told in a lively, inclusive style, This is what it sounds like will change the way you listen to music.

Susan will be interviewed by Hardeep Sahota.

Note: this event will take place online as a Zoom webinar. A link to access the event will be sent to you the day before the webinar takes place.


Susan Rogers holds a doctoral degree in behavioural neuroscience from McGill University (2010). Prior to her science career, Susan was a multiplatinum-earning record producer, engineer, and mixer. She is best known for her work with Prince during his peak creative period (1983-1987). Her discography also includes records with David Byrne, Barenaked Ladies, Geggy Tah, Nil Lara, Robben Ford, Tricky, Michael Penn, Jeff Black, and many others.

Hardeep Sahota is a Huddersfield-based specialist in Bhangra and an Affiliate Fellow at the University of Huddersfield. He is currently developing Prince: Re:-Imagined, a musical showcase of Prince’s music re-imagined in diverse and exciting musical genres.


Event Date: Tuesday 28 March

Time: 7pm-8pm

Venue: Online

Tickets: Free (Booking required)

Age guidance: 16+


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Tue 28 Mar
7:00 pm–8:00 pm
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