Cultural Evolution of Music

The Evolution of Music over Time

This project aims to investigate the ways that different musics change over time and the factors that govern that process of change (Savage, 2017). We will investigate this both through analysis of past musical forms and their relationship to human history (e.g., Mauch, MacCallum, Levy, & Leroi, 2015; Savage, Matsumae, et al., 2015) and by simulating musical evolution through controlled laboratory experiments (e.g., Jacoby & Mcdermott, 2017; Ravignani, Delgado, & Kirby, 2016). An ultimate goal is to construct a unified history of all the world’s music and its relationship with non-musical patterns of human history.

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