The Evolving Animal Orchestra : In Search of What Makes Us Musical Hardback
Part of the The MIT Press series
A music researcher's quest to discover other musical species. Even those of us who can't play a musical instrument or lack a sense of rhythm can perceive and enjoy music.
Research shows that all humans possess the trait of musicality.
We are a musical species-but are we the only musical species?
Is our musical predisposition unique, like our linguistic ability?
In The Evolving Animal Orchestra, Henkjan Honing embarks upon a quest to discover if humans share the trait of musicality with other animals. Charles Darwin believed that musicality was a capacity of all animals, human and nonhuman, with a clear biological basis.
Taking this as his starting point, Honing-a music cognition researcher-visits a series of biological research centers to observe the ways that animals respond to music.
He has studied scientists' accounts of Snowball, the cockatoo who could dance to a musical beat, and of Ronan, the sea lion, who was trained to move her head to a beat.
Now Honing will be able to make his own observations. Honing tests a rhesus monkey for beat perception via an EEG; performs a listening experiment with zebra finches; considers why birds sing, and if they intend their songs to be musical; explains why many animals have perfect pitch; and watches marine mammals respond to sounds.
He reports on the unforeseen twists and turns, doubts, and oversights that are a part of any scientific research-and which point to as many questions as answers.
But, as he shows us, science is closing in on the biological and evolutionary source of our musicality.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 160 pages, 9 b&w illus.; 18 Illustrations, unspecified
- Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 05/03/2019
- Category: Music
- ISBN: 9780262039321