The Origins of Music

Just like so many other things in life, we run around and take the sheer complexities of every little daily thing for granted. We bounce to the radio and sing along, often times thoughtlessly. But where did music come from anyway? Can we really trace the source?

While this particular topic could spark an entire slew of debates, as it goes as deep as the entire history of humanity - we'll try to just tread the surface.

"Music is found in every known culture, past and present, varying widely between times and places. Since all people of the world, including the most isolated tribal groups, have a form of music, it may be concluded that music is likely to have been present in the ancestral population prior to the dispersal of humans around the world. Consequently, the first music may have been invented in Africa and then evolved to become a fundamental constituent of human life."music origin.jpeg

It's interesting to wonder of the epiphany when it sparked in the first musician's mind that a pattern was seemingly the natural format of music. We are loving the idea of pontificating upon exactly which composer found the song form that become so very popular today. Alongside that though, isn't it curious how it feels unnatural and almost wrong when lyrics do not rhyme at the end of each line? Are our ears simply conditioned to a particular, expected, comfortable format within each creative culture? 
"A culture's music is influenced by all other aspects of that culture, including social and economic organization and experience, climate, and access to technology. The emotions and ideas that music expresses, the situations in which music is played and listened to, and the attitudes toward music players and composers all vary between regions and periods. "Music history" is the distinct subfield of musicology and history which studies music (particularly Western art music) from a chronological perspective."

In the end of this particular quest for knowledge, we've learned exactly why you can major in music history - diving into this topic only opened one can of worms after another. While it's interesting to debate as to the true origins of music as we know it, now we're just left with more questions!