Where they sing solo: Accounting for cross-cultural variation in collective music-making in theories of music evolution

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 44:e85 (2021)
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Collective, synchronous music-making is far from ubiquitous across traditional, small-scale societies. We describe societies that lack collective music and offer hypotheses to help explain this cultural variation. Without identifying the factors that explain variation in collective music-making across these societies, theories of music evolution based on social bonding (Savage et al.) or coalition signaling (Mehr et al.) remain incomplete.



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Aniruddh Patel
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