Bob Milne is one of the best ragtime piano players in the world, and a preternaturally talented musician -- he can play technically challenging pieces of music on demand while carrying on a conversation and cracking jokes. But according to Penn State neuroscientist Kerstin Betterman, our brains just aren't wired to do that. So she decided to investigate Bob's brain, and when she did, she discovered that Bob has an even more amazing ability... one that we can hardly believe, and science can't explain. Reporter Jessica Benko helps us get inside Bob's remarkably musical mind.
UPDATE: Bob's opera is now done! You can check it out here.
And check out the four symphonic pieces we use to illustrate Bob's musical abilities:
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished"
Brahms: Symphony No 2, First Movement
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5
Mendelssohn: Song Without Words, Op. 19 No. 1