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Music is a Human Construct – “The Music Instinct : How Music Works and Why We Can’t Do Without It” – Philip Ball

May 8th, 2011 · No Comments · Civilisation, Culture, Music

Music is not a natural phenomenon but a human construct. Despite claims to the contrary, no other species is known to create or respond to music as such. Music is ubiquitous in human culture. We know of societies without writing, and even without visual art – but none, it seems, lack some form of music. But unlike the case of language, there is no generally agreed reason why that should be so. The evidence suggests it is an inevitable product of intelligence coupled to hearing, but if so, we lack an explanation for why this is.

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