Music

Evolution of Music

From the Neanderthal to 21st century man

Almost all of us listen to music. We extensively enjoy collections and collections of tracks. Access to music is no big thing in this age and era. Nonetheless, how much do we know about music as an art, let alone science? We are talking about behind the scenes information here. Read through this post to understand the fine aspects of the evolution of music, as an industry and other things.

How it all started?

In 1995, Ivan Turk, a Slovenian found what he believed to be a Neanderthal flute. It was of course a 43,000 year old stuff found in a cave. The myth got busted a couple of decades later, when the Royal Society Open Society found it as a product of ice age hyenas scavenging on a bone.

But indeed, music was a part of Neanderthal man’s lifestyle. They created music by clapping hands, using rocks and sticks and even slapping their bodies. Experts believe applications of music to Neanderthals included raising their babies in the language of the tribe, passing down information through generations, keeping fit, organizing workflows and staying awake during watchful bonfires.

Things picked a beat…

The first stage of evolution should have started when musicians spread it from tribe to tribe. Slowly but surely, music travelled through the world. It should have been slow, because it require live performance and in the making. The musicians need to be present to share the knowledge.

Monks and religious personalities started using chants in their prayers. It led way to invention of improvised musical instruments that create multitude of sounds. That’s what we call classical music today. Classical music led way to Jazz and Blues, which in turn inspired Rock and Pop genres of music. Our very inner curiosity made it possible for the thousands of years of evolution.

Pocket music

Music has always been a live performance since Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. It was the first time, you didn’t require musicians to come over and play for you. It reinvented the wheel on a global level. Musicians had to rethink on how they create their music. The major concern was to make them suitable as 3-4 minute tracks rather long performances.

It was when people started collecting records and mix tapes. A nice little sideline happened in the form of radio music. You have no say on what exactly you want to hear. You are in for some spontaneous fun. Unlike podcasts of today, the radios are only a broadcast. If you even miss it for a minute, you are definitely missing something.

Internet totally changed the way music is shared. Sharing music online started right from the IRC chat rooms. It was more of an automated sharing system, which involved applications like Winamp. Nowadays we have peer to peer music sharing options like the LimeWire. Sharing of mp3s changed the dynamics of the industry. Now we have Napster, Spotify and ITunes. Now, there are tons of other legal options like SoundCloud, YouTube, etc…