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Music, Beauty & the Brain (Part 2): The Golden Mean in Music

Beauty and Bartok's Shopping List In Part 1, we began to consider the questions below, and concluded that there is an evolutionary basis for the existence of music.  In Part 2, we will focus on the second question: what makes music beautiful? Why does music even exist?  Is it an evolutionary adaptation, or an accident [...]

By | October 24th, 2010|Gig Bag|

Music, Beauty & the Brain (Part 1): Darwin, Fibonacci, and the Golden Mean

Music: The Heart of Human Nature, or Auditory Cheescake? Among the big questions, one of the biggest is: "Why is there something rather than nothing?"  Think about music for a moment, and several questions naturally follow: Why does music even exist?  Is it an evolutionary adaptation, or an accident -- an evolutionary parasite? What makes [...]

By | September 30th, 2010|Gig Bag|