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What organic and cognitive forces have formed humankind's musical habit and the wealthy international repertoire of musical constructions? what's tune for, and why does each human tradition have it? What are the common positive factors of song and musical habit throughout cultures? during this groundbreaking booklet, musicologists, biologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, ethologists, and linguists come jointly for the 1st time to ascertain those and comparable matters. The e-book should be seen as representing the delivery of evolutionary biomusicology -- the examine of so one can give a contribution drastically to our figuring out of the evolutionary precursors of human tune, the evolution of the hominid vocal tract, localization of mind functionality, the constitution of acoustic-communication indications, symbolic gesture, emotional manipulation via sound, self-expression, creativity, the human affinity for the non secular, and the human attachment to song itself.

ContributorsSimha 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, François-Bernard Mâche, Peter Marler, Björn 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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