e-Book - Why Do People Sing? Music in Human Evolution

This book from award winning ethnomusicologist and evolutionary musicologist from the University of Melbourne, Joseph Jordania, presents the original model of human evolution based on the aposematic survival strategy of ancient hominids. Human musical abilities, together with dance and body painting, are viewed as the core factors of the evolution of the human body and facial morphology and behavior, including human intelligence, language, speech, culture, morality and religion. How are the evolutionary roots of human music connected to our ability to walk on two feet, use tools and clothes, ask questions or go into trance? Why do we not remember some of the most traumatic events of our life? And why do some humans have split personality? These and many more topics are discussed in this book, which is coming out simultaneously in English and in Japanese in 2011.

Scholars about Joseph Jordania’s 2006 book “Who Asked the First Question? The Origins of Human Choral Singing, Intelligence, Language and Speech”

“This book is a great synthesis, that was urgently needed. I totally agree with the main idea of Joseph Jordania about the ancient origins of choral singing and its gradual disappearance. I can testify that even in Africa, arguably the most polyphonic continent of our planet, there are plenty of places where polyphony is either disappearing or becoming a ‘secondary archaism’. To my opinion also, there is no ‘evolution’ from monophonic to polyphonic singing, and I was glad to see that the argumentation of this idea is so strong and logic”.

Simha Arom, Emeritus Director of Research, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris, France

“Joseph Jordania’s book is a masterpiece of comparative musicology by a person with an amazing knowledge base... There is not a single book that I know of that covers even a small part of the terrain of this monumental book. In addition, the argumentation is strong and the book is thoroughly interesting to read. As a co-editor of the book “The Origins of Music”, I am thrilled to finally see a true work of comparative musicology appear after many decades of neglect. This is the kind of material that people, from psychology to evolutionary biology, need to ponder in order to incorporate music into the emerging picture of human evolution.”

Steven Brown, Simon Fraser University, Canada

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