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Art Woods, Marty Martin
Do animals dance to the beat? When is birdsong music for a bird? Humans hear music in everything, but what about other species?
On this episode we talk with Henkjan Honing, professor of music cognition at the University of Amsterdam, about the biology of musicality. Henkjan started as a musician but eventually found his way to the science of music. Among diverse species, he and his collaborators now study how and why some animals perceive elements of music but others do not. We also discuss the earliest known examples of human musical instruments and the possible adaptive value of music. All of these topics and more are covered in his recent book,The Evolving Animal Orchestra: In Search of What Makes Us Musical.
Additional sound effects for this episode came from www.zapsplat.com.
Cover photo: Keating Shahmehri
Length of Episode
1 hour, 1 minutes, 42 seconds
Digital File Format
Woods, Art and Martin, Marty, "Episode 076: Beasty beats: The origins of musicality" (2021). BigBiology Podcasts. 77.