Fink published his now-famous
essay in Spring, 1997, showing the notes of the oldest musical instrument
known (43,ooo years old) were capable of matching part of the do, re, mi
scale: See Neanderthal Flute: http://www.greenwych.ca/fl-compl.htm.
This website has won awards, including as one of the "most educational
sites on the Internet," and gets from 6,ooo-8,ooo visits/month.
THE ORIGIN OF MUSIC
-- (3 editions)
This work was recognized as
very useful by Dr. Anne Draffkorn Kilmer, chair of Assyriology at the University
of Calfornia at Berkeley, and who deciphered the oldest song known in the
world (4,ooo years old). Kilmer visited Fink some years back and they continue
to correspond regularly on ethnomusicological issues. Fink's book on music's
origins remains the only full-length and conclusive work on the subject
(to our best knowledge), receiving consistently excellent reviews. (For
libraries only) -- NOTE: There is a shorter version [The
Origin of Music -- An Essay] fully outlining the same material and
analyses, available to the public.)
ON THE ORIGINS OF MUSIC --
Essays & Readings (2003-4)
This work combines in
one book the main essays
and archaeological material sinmce 1950 that turns the theories into clear
and likely conclusions on the stages of the evolution of music.
SOME NEW 'OLDE-MUSICKE' --
(New compositions in baroque/classical styles)
Sheetmusic & MIDIs
-- Well-reviewed. Fink was also among the first to write a computer program
that could compose melodies by itself (nominated by the editorial board
of Discover magazine for its 1996 awards competition).
LYSISTRATA & THE WAR
-- (An opera in the style
Written, as a protest to the
Vietnam war, was to be performed at Wayne State University in 1968 (from
which Fink has his degree in musicology and the sciences [incl. anthropology]).
Fink has also been a lifetime leading activist in the causes of peace and
human rights, initial chairman and an organizer in the student anti-war
takeover of Wayne State University in 1970 (following news of the murders
of 4 Kent State University students by the National Guard); He has won
a number of landmark free-speech cases (one cited in the recent (1993)
Canadian Supreme Court ruling upholding the issue of postering rights).
He was a columnist for years in his city's daily and weekly newspapers
on social issues (poverty, ecology, minorities, discrimination and the
arts). More at Wikipedia: Bob
Fink wiki bio
articles on musicology, including in the scholarly journal Archeologia
Musicalis published from West Germany in 3 languages, and in the 2003-4
Book from the "Archaeology of Sound " conference in Germany in
September, 2000: Studies
in Music Archaeology III, and is cited in the 2000 book-anthology,
Origins of Music, published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Fink has served as a juror regarding ancient music for the Journal Nature.
Fink has also given several
concerts of his music in Detroit, New York, and elsewhere. His music has
been broadcast on TV and radio and by his local University and some was
re-published in a local anthology of composers. Many of his compositions
have been published by Greenwich
Publishing. His lecture on music's origins was sponsored by his City's
Public Library and his writings have been used in some university courses.