There is absolutely no need for music—speaking in terms of evolution, anyway.
As far as scientists can tell, there’s no compelling reason for humans to make and enjoy music, Neurologically, we could get along quite well without it. Sure, our world would be very dull, but we’d be fine as a species.
Yet for some reason, the human brain seems to be hardwired for music. And it looks like even the non-human brain was constructed this way. Archeologists found a flute made out of bone constructed by Neanderthals that was almost 90,000 years old. Why?
Here are a couple of theories:
- Music was invented because humans (or Neanderthals) wanted to imitate birdsong;
- Music was invented as part of some kind of religious ritual or ceremony;
- Or music began as vocalizations on the way to developing spoken language.
Bottom line is that the origins of music remain a mystery—and so is much of what goes on in our brains when it comes to these sounds.
Let’s explore this whole concept. Here are nine things about your brain and music.
Songs featured in this show:
Alice in Chains, Check my Brain
Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Sex and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll
Big Wreck, That Song
Green Day, Wake Me Up When September Ends
Flaming Lips feat. Henry Rollins, Brain Damage (Pink Floyd cover)
Peter Gabriel, I Don’t Remember
Cypress Hill, Insane in the Brain
Eric Wilhite, the Official Complier of Playlists®, provides this.
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The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:
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