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The Origins of Music (Bradford Book) (Bradford Books) [Paperback]

Nils L Wallin

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3 Sep 2001 0262731436 978-0262731430 New Ed
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, Franois-Bernard Mche, Peter Marler, Bjrn 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

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Nils L. Wallin is Director of the Institute for Biomusicology at Mid Sweden University, Ostersund. Bjorn Merker is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Biomusicology at Mid Sweden University, Ostersund. Steven Brown is Fellow at the Institute for Biomusicology at Mid Sweden University, Ostersund.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Some good info, but hard to find it 23 July 2004
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After an 18 page introduction to biomusicology the reader is left to sift through the papers of around 25 experts in this field. Quality ranges widely as do the topics. There is some worthwhile information in this book but finding it may not be worth your time. Nonetheless, it is a positive step forward.
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