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Music and Evolution

Music and Evolution: Music and the Neanderthal’s Communication

Scientist Stephen Mithen offers his theory that, while Neanderthals had no actual language, they communicated through music.

May 21st, 2009 | 30 comments

Music and Evolution: David Rothenberg on Bird Songs

David Rothernberg takes discussion of bird songs a step further than biological imperative, and recognizes these tunes distinct to each species as music.

May 21st, 2009 | 8 comments

Music and Evolution: The Elitism of Music in the West

Stephen Mithen questions the elitism that has been associated with music in the west, instead observing that music is something that pervades everything we do.

May 21st, 2009 | 4 comments

Music and Evolution: Ofer Tchernichovski on Bird’s Songs

Scientist Ofer Tchernichovski takes a look at how birds are hard wired for songs and how this innate instinct in birds can be applied to music and song development.

May 21st, 2009 | 16 comments

Music and Evolution: Bobby McFerrin on Culture and Music

Bobby McFerrin tells two stories about villagers in Botswana and the ways music is incorporated into their life, which shaped the way he creates music.

May 20th, 2009 | 45 comments

Performance: Yo Yo Ma on Bach’s 5th Cello Suite

Yo Yo Ma performs a sarabande from Bach's 5th Cello suite and explains the history of the sounds in this particular piece have travelled through different cultures.

May 20th, 2009 | 57 comments

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