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Music, Language, and Human Evolution$
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Nicholas Bannan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199227341

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199227341.001.0001

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Found Objects in the Musical Practices of Hunter-Gatherers

Found Objects in the Musical Practices of Hunter-Gatherers

Implications for the Evolution of Instrumental Music

(p.173) 7 Found Objects in the Musical Practices of Hunter-Gatherers
Music, Language, and Human Evolution

Pedro Espi-Sanchis

Nicholas Bannan

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the musical practices of hunter-gatherers and the evolution of instrumental music. It analyses whether fossil and artefact record of claimed musical instruments were intentionally constructed for musical performance and discusses the analogy between origin and development of instrumental music in southern Africa and rock art. It also suggests that musical instruments were made as extensions of and replacements for the human voice adapted simply from materials in the surrounding environment. This chapter also provides observations the links among pitch, timbre music, and social organization.

Keywords:   hunter-gatherers, musical practices, instrumental music, musical instruments, rock art, pitch, timbre music, social organization

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