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The Origins of Music

The Origins of Music

by Steven BrownNils L. Wallin and Bjoern Merker
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Age range: 18+ years old Publication Date: 27/07/2001
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What biological and cognitive forces have shaped humankind's musical behaviour 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 behaviour across cultures? In this 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.
ISBN:
9780262731430
9780262731430
Category:
Cognition & cognitive psychology
Age range:
18+ years old
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
27-07-2001
Language:
English
Publisher:
MIT Press Ltd
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
512
Dimensions (mm):
254x178x30mm
Weight:
1.07kg

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