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A Million Years of Music: The Emergence of Human Modernity by Gary Tomlinson

By Gary Tomlinson

What is the starting place of track? within the previous couple of a long time this centuries-old puzzle has been reinvigorated by way of new archaeological proof and advancements within the fields of cognitive technological know-how, linguistics, and evolutionary concept. during this path-breaking publication, popular musicologist Gary Tomlinson attracts from those components to build a brand new narrative for the emergence of human track. beginning at a interval of human prehistory lengthy prior to Homo sapiens or track existed, Tomlinson describes the incremental attainments that, by means of altering the conversation and society of prehumen species, laid the basis for musical behaviors in additional contemporary instances. He lines in Neandertals and early sapiens the buildup and improvement of those capacities, and he information their coalescence into sleek musical habit around the final hundred millennia.

But A Million Years of song is now not approximately track by myself. Tomlinson builds a version of human evolution that revises our realizing of the interplay of biology and tradition throughout evolutionary time-scales, difficult and enriching present versions of our deep background. As he tells his tale, he attracts in different rising human characteristics: language, symbolism, a metaphysical mind's eye and the ritual it offers upward thrust to, advanced social constitution, and using complex applied sciences. Tomlinson's version of evolution permits him to account for a lot of what makes us a distinct species on the earth this present day and gives a brand new means of knowing the looks of humanity in its smooth form.

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1 shows typical cores produced by such actions. Apes today, even with careful coaching and encouragement, seem incapable of managing as much. 6 million years ago — a million years or so after their first appearance — though the earlier techniques never disappeared completely. The earliest examples of the new technology appeared in East Africa, and after that it arose in other parts of Africa, in Asia, and in Europe. Once achieved, it settled in as an industry of awesome stability, enduring for over a million years until it was gradually replaced by more complex lithic technologies, especially after 300,000 years ago.

6 The incremental stance, moreover, has not been restricted to music. As an approach to the emergence of language, a hotly contested area much intertwined with thought on music (see Chapter 3), it reaches all the way back to Darwin. It has recently been advocated by many linguists, including post-Chomskyan luminaries such as Ray Jackendoff, Derek Bickerton, and Steven Pinker and Paul Bloom. 7 This work gestures toward still broader incremental models of the evolution of the whole suite of capacities and behaviors that characterize modern humanity, including research on modern cognition and emotion, human consciousness in general, and modern human kinship systems.

Musicking was founded on hominin possibilities for cognitive flexibility. indd 49 12/15/14 5:04 PM A MILLION YEARS OF MUSIC • • • • cognition enabled, as it captured in its informational flow responses to varied social and physical environments. Musicking is implicated deeply in thinking-at-a-distance. It developed alongside a “release from proximity” whereby humans gradually gained the capacity to imagine things not present to the senses. Its coalescing marshaled and helped to shape cognitive byways involved in this release.

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