The Origins of Music

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Nils Lennart Wallin, Björn Merker, Steven Brown
MIT Press, 2001 - Music - 498 pages
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What biological and cognitive forces have shaped humankind's musical behavior and the rich global repertoire of musical structures? What is music for, and why does every human culture have it? What are the universal features of music and musical behavior across cultures? In this groundbreaking book, musicologists, biologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, ethologists, and linguists come together for the first time to examine these and related issues. The book can be viewed as representing the birth of evolutionary biomusicology -- the study of which will contribute greatly to our understanding of the evolutionary precursors of human music, the evolution of the hominid vocal tract, localization of brain function, the structure of acoustic-communication signals, symbolic gesture, emotional manipulation through sound, self-expression, creativity, the human affinity for the spiritual, and the human attachment to music itself.

Contributors: Simha Arom, Derek Bickerton, Steven Brown, Ellen Dissanayake, Dean Falk, David W. Frayer, Walter Freeman, Thomas Geissmann, Marc D. Hauser, Michel Imberty, Harry Jerison, Drago Kunej, Francois-Bernard Mache, Peter Marler, Bjorn Merker, Geoffrey Miller, Jean Molino, Bruno Nettl, Chris Nicolay, Katharine Payne, Bruce Richman, Peter J.B. Slater, Peter Todd, Sandra Trehub, Ivan Turk, Maria Ujhelyi, Nils L. Wallin, Carol Whaling."

  

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My name is Daniel Mohr and I am a senior high school student. I am currently doing research for a project and this book is EXACTLY what I was looking for. It is excellent and informative with thorough descriptions of different theories of where music came from.

Contents

An Introduction to Evolutionary Musicology
3
VOCAL COMMUNICATION IN ANIMALS
25
Prolegomena to a Biomusicology
27
Origins of Music and Speech Insights from Animals
31
Birdsong Repertoires Their Origins and Use
49
Whats Behind a Song? The Neural Basis of Song Learning in Birds
65
The Sound and the Fury Primate Vocalizations as Reflections of Emotion and Thought
77
Gibbon Songs and Human Music from an Evolutionary Perspective
103
The Musilanguage Model of Music Evolution
271
How Music Fixed Nonsense into Significant Formulas On Rhythm Repetition and Meaning
301
Synchronous Chorusing and Human Origins
315
Evolution of Human Music through Sexual Selection
329
Simulating the Evolution of Musical Behavior
361
Antecedents of the Temporal Arts in Early MotherInfant Interaction
389
A Neurobiological Role of Music in Social Bonding
411
UNIVERSALS IN MUSIC
425

Social Organization as a Factor in the Origins of Language and Music
125
The Progressively Changing Songs of Humpback Whales A Window on the Creative Process in a Wild Animal
135
MUSIC LANGUAGE AND HUMAN EVOLUTION
151
Can Biomusicology Learn from Language Evolution Studies?
153
Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Music and Language
165
Paleoneurology and the Biology of Music
177
Hominid Brain Evolution and the Origins of Music
197
Fossil Evidence for the Origin of Speech Sounds
217
New Perspectives on the Beginnings of Music Archeological and Musicological Analysis of a Middle Paleolithic Bone Flute
235
THEORIES OF MUSIC ORIGIN
269
Human Processing Predispositions and Musical Universal
427
The Question of Innate Competencies in Musical Communication
449
An Ethnomusicologist Contemplates Universals in Musical Sound and Musical Culture
463
The Necessity of and Problems with a Universal Musicology
473
THE END OF THE BEGINNING
481
Listening to Music
483
Author Index
485
Subject Index
495
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Steven Brown is Fellow at the Institute for Biomusicology at Mid Sweden University, Östersund.

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