Music Analysis: Snowden And Teie

Point 1: (Snowden and Teie pp 133-135)
“Music, as we know it, is a human construct made by and for humans based on our species’ developmental experience, vocalizations, perceptions, and cognition, but that music might have had its evolutionary origins in emotional communication in other species.” Music, for the most part, is a man-made concept. The music that humans make are created with humans as the specified audience— Our music only really appeals to other human beings, as it can elicit certain emotions and responses unique to human life. Thus, “[a] major issue of testing animals with music composed for humans is that tempos and pitch ranges of human music may not be relevant for another species. There may also be species typical ways of expressing different emotional states.” It is foolish to expect that animals and other species would react to human music in the same way that humans do. Rather than repeating the same mistakes as past researchers, Snowden and Teie took a
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Snowden and Teie included the first 2 elements in their tamarin-specific music alone (as the latter are human-specific)

1. Our limbic system is the primary part of our brains that deal with emotion. Limbic system development memory focuses on the elements of musical that are universal such as tempo, beat, pulse, amplitude, meter, etc. Limbic system development memory includes “musical representations of sounds that are heard during the time when the limbic structures are formed in the developing brain” such as a mother’s heartbeat. “A logical conclusion … is that the brain structures responsible for emotions and that are well developed at birth may remember and later respond to sounds that resemble those of the fetal

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