Music in evolution and evolution in music

Publication Type:



Open Book Publishers,, Cambridge, United Kingdom, p.1 online resource (xxxiii, 773 pages) : (2022)

Call Number:




(OCoLC)fst00963030, (OCoLC)fst01030397, (OCoLC)fst01030418, (OCoLC)fst01030444, fast, Human evolution., Music, Origin., Psychological aspects., Social aspects.


Additional resources available from the publisher's website.Includes bibliography (pages 627-702) and index.Preface / Steven Jan -- 1. Introduction: Music and Darwinism / Steven Jan -- 2. The Evolution of Human Musicality / Steven Jan -- 3. Music-Cultural Evolution in the Light of Memetics / Steven Jan -- 4. Evolutionary Metaphors in Discourse on Music / Steven Jan -- 5. Animal "Musicality" and Animal "Music" / Steven Jan -- 6. Computer Simulation of Musical Evolution / Steven Jan -- 7. Conclusion: Music, Evolution and Consciousness / Steven Jan."Music in Evolution and Evolution in Music by Steven Jan is a comprehensive account of the relationships between evolutionary theory and music. Examining the 'evolutionary algorithm' that drives biological and musical-cultural evolution, the book provides a distinctive commentary on how musicality and music can shed light on our understanding of Darwin's famous theory, and vice-versa. Comprised of seven chapters, with several musical examples, figures and definitions of terms, this original and accessible book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the relationships between music and evolutionary thought. Jan guides the reader through key evolutionary ideas and the development of human musicality, before exploring cultural evolution, evolutionary ideas in musical scholarship, animal vocalisations, music generated through technology, and the nature of consciousness as an evolutionary phenomenon. A unique examination of how evolutionary thought intersects with music, Music in Evolution and Evolution in Music is essential to our understanding of how and why music arose in our species and why it is such a significant presence in our lives."--Publisher's website.Open Access