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The Origins of Music : Bradford Books - Nils L. Wallin

The Origins of Music

Bradford Books

By: Nils L. Wallin (Editor), Bjorn Merker (Editor), Steven Brown (Editor)

Paperback Published: 3rd September 2001
ISBN: 9780262731430
Number Of Pages: 512
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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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"This book provides the foundation for a new understanding of music fuelled by the return to some of the original concerns of musicologists following a hiatus of half a century." - Robert Reigle, Resonance

Prefacep. ix
Contributorsp. xi
The Beginningp. 1
An Introduction to Evolutionary Musicologyp. 3
Vocal Communication in Animalsp. 25
Prolegomena to a Biomusicologyp. 27
Origins of Music and Speech: Insights from Animalsp. 31
Birdsong Repertoires: Their Origins and Usep. 49
What's Behind a Song? The Neural Basis of Song Learning in Birdsp. 65
The Sound and the Fury: Primate Vocalizations as Reflections of Emotion and Thoughtp. 77
Gibbon Songs and Human Music from an Evolutionary Perspectivep. 103
Social Organization as a Factor in the Origins of Language and Musicp. 125
The Progressively Changing Songs of Humpback Whales: A Window on the Creative Process in a Wild Animalp. 135
Music, Language, and Human Evolutionp. 151
Can Biomusicology Learn from Language Evolution Studies?p. 153
Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Music and Languagep. 165
Paleoneurology and the Biology of Musicp. 177
Hominid Brain Evolution and the Origins of Musicp. 197
Fossil Evidence for the Origin of Speech Soundsp. 217
New Perspectives on the Beginnings of Music: Archeological and Musicological Analysis of a Middle Paleolithic Bone "Flute"p. 235
Theories of Music Originp. 269
The "Musilanguage" Model of Music Evolutionp. 271
How Music Fixed "Nonsense" into Significant Formulas: On Rhythm, Repetition, and Meaningp. 301
Synchronous Chorusing and Human Originsp. 315
Evolution of Human Music through Sexual Selectionp. 329
Simulating the Evolution of Musical Behaviorp. 361
Antecedents of the Temporal Arts in Early Mother-Infant Interactionp. 389
A Neurobiological Role of Music in Social Bondingp. 411
Universals in Musicp. 425
Human Processing Predispositions and Musical Universalsp. 427
The Question of Innate Competencies in Musical Communicationp. 449
An Ethnomusicologist Contemplates Universals in Musical Sound and Musical Culturep. 463
The Necessity of and Problems with a Universal Musicologyp. 473
The End of the Beginningp. 481
Listening to Musicp. 483
Author Indexp. 485
Subject Indexp. 495
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ISBN: 9780262731430
ISBN-10: 0262731436
Series: Bradford Books
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 3rd September 2001
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.04 x 17.78  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.07