Psychology of Music: Origins of Music I

Scientist, lecturer, philosophy enthusiast, and bassist Chris Maute kicks off the first in a series of interviews and panel discussions covering the psychology of music.

In an attempt to familiarize ourselves with some basic concepts in music origins, a group of panelists and myself addressed some theories of music origins as laid out in Music, Thought, and Feeling: Understanding the Psychology of Music by William Forde Thompson.

According to Thompson, adaptationist theories of music origins include sexual and natural selection theories, tethering it to evolutionary significance; while non-adaptationist theories of music origins include theories of music as a by-product of evolution, an invention of culture.

Joining me on the panel to discuss these theories was an international team of acquaintancesmade up of musicians, music-appreciators, academics and auto-didacts: Jim Gardner (Musician), Richard Firth Godbehere, Ph.D. (Musician, Historian), Alex Malpass, Ph.D. (Philosopher), Gus Belanger, Unspeakable is Lallie [Lydia], Joe Siriusmined, Fabio Andreozzi.

While this hangout does not address other theories of origins or the research to support/critique these theories (grist for the mill of future hangouts!), it gets our toes wet in openly talking about these topics.

Interested in getting your toes wet?

Come join future hangs.

Breath it in and Inspire.

Nick Epifani