Same as in the larger library version of The Origin
of Music described below,
except there is far less detail regarding the number of examples, confirmation
quotations from history, archaeology, anthropology, polemics, and discussion
and review of older or contradictory viewpoints. Also, detail about a large
number of various ancient, historic and national musical scales and analysis
of historical methods of tunings is also reduced. However, the broad fundamental
concepts, explanations and conclusions, along with a modest number of examples,
Despite the scholarly nature of the subject, book requires
virtually no previous musical knowledge.
Ltd edition (25 copies left). 6 x 9. Hand-tooled gold &
292 pp., illus., index, with updates and appendices.
To our knowledge, the only full-length work on
the subject (prior to 2000).
(For publicly available book,
see Origin of Music--an Essay,above.
As the title indicates, the evidence is reviewed to re-construct
the processes that brought music into existence. What is unique is the
interdisciplinary approach. Evidence used is garnered from a large variety
of subjects: Archeology, biology, psychology, anthropology, ethnomusicology,
physics, acoustics, physiology, as well as history and from social processes
outside the arts (such as religion and economics). This both frees the
subject from a narrow approach, and also, as a seeming contradiction, delimits
the choices for drawing conclusions from the broad mass of evidence. As
any conclusions must also square with established facts and findings in
all the other disciplines, the possible conclusions are narrowed down and
Actually, it is like an exciting detective mystery: The
clues are the evidence, and the gaps and contradictions of views and facts
are the alibis that must be checked with other sources outside the musicology
field. In this inter-active manner, the pieces fall together and outline
or "play back" the tune we wish to hear about how music began.
But unlike a mystery thriller, this story is authored by no mere mortal,
who is subject to the temptations of using literary conveniences, able
to overlook the odd piece that doesn't "fit," hoping the reader
won't notice. This story is authored by reality itself, and can have no
flaw in logic or detail; no literary device used to escape any puzzling
And as we play back this re-construction of the deed,
we are increasingly struck with awe at the perfect interlocking and inescapable
unity, with nary a loose end, that permeates through all of nature. And
when, after the book was written, all the new archeological finds and psychological
studies serve to confirm the thesis of the book, we are amazed at how increasingly
relevant the book has become to the subject of the origin of music.