Why do we listen to music? Why to we make music? Why do we enjoy it? An appreciation of music, if not a participation in making it, is a truly global phenomenon and, like dancing, is found among all cultures, so perhaps it is strange that so few people have sought to trace its origins. Much attention has been paid to the origins of language. but all too many scholars have seen music as an inconsequential aside. In this book Steven Mithen argues that it is impossible to believe that our earliest ancestors carried out activities in silence, that a mother did not soothe a child with sound for instance. His quest to find the origins of music through a scientific approach begins in the present by examining the character of music and language and how they are related, how they are constituted in the brain and how music is linked to emotion. The theoretical bit over, he moves on to consider the communication systems of monkeys and apes before shifting to our early hominid ancestors 6-2 million years ago. Exploring his own ideas about the evolution of music and language, as well as reviewing those of others, Steven Mithen demonstrates how important these were in the development of modern humans, how music was vital for social bonding, emotional expression and healing, and how the manufacture of instruments opened up new possibilities for communicating with each other and with the supernatural. Highly recommended.
|Manufacturer:||Orion Publishing Group|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Group|
|Studio:||Orion Publishing Group|
|Item Weight:||1.59 pounds|
|Item Size:||6.25 x 9.25 x 9.25 inches|
|Package Weight:||1.68 pounds|
|Package Size:||6.3 x 1.73 x 1.73 inches|