Musical Elements Of Music

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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
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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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As humans we are quick to assume that the world revolves around us, and that we are the creators. However, Snowden and Teie are suggesting that man was NOT the creator of emotional communication, but rather, an observer of other species communication and adapted to follow suit. We cannot deny the similarities, as Snowden and Teie have found that, “musical structures in tamarin vocalizations suggests that emotional components of music may have an evolutionary history that predates humans and confirms the view of those authors who have hypothesized emotional communication as an early precursor to human music.” Logically, this makes sense! Animals existed on this earth far before we did—we just happened to be born as a human and with the ability to read, write, and sing. While there is no evidence to back up Snowden and Teie’s idea, I think that this theory is very interesting to think about. We will never be able to test this theory, but it is worth thinking

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