[ExI] Music

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Thu Aug 6 05:45:56 UTC 2020

Ben Zaiboc <ben at zaiboc.net> wrote:

> snip

> OK, that makes sense as far as singing (pitch) is concerned, but what
about rhythm? I'd say that rhythm is fundamental to music,
indispensable, whereas pitch is secondary and not even necessary.
Drumming can stand alone, and is possibly more ancient than singing.

Very likely.  Chimps drum on trees.  If humans got rhythm from the
common ancestor, it dates back around 7 million years ago at least.
Bonobos drum as well.


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