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The Nerve - Music and the Human Experience (Series)

Produced by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Most recent piece in this series:

In the Key of DNA: Music & Evolution

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | Part of the The Nerve - Music and the Human Experience series | 53:40

Thenerve-240x240_small Episode 2 of The Nerve asks the question why? Why did music evolve in the first place? Some people think music is merely an evolutionary frill, a by-product - delicious cheesecake for our ears that has no evolutionary purpose. Darwin himself was puzzled by music. Observing songbirds, he suggested music's role was in sexual selection (which may explain why rock stars from Franz Liszt to Tommy Lee have had such busy sex lives). Others believe music's origins may be found in the mother-infant interactions we call baby talk, and others consider the importance of the lullaby - a need to pacify infants. Others theorize that music developed in tandem with the social cohesion necessary to the survival of bands of early humans, critical to them through its power to strengthen social bonds.

Cheesecake? Or sex, baby talk, and social interaction? Set in the Key of DNA, The Nerve 2 examines what the purpose of music is and has been, yesterday and today.

The Wire Episode 1: Hallo, Hallo

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | Part of the The Wire series | 52:54

First episode of The Wire, discussing the experience of music as it was affected by the invention of electricity.

Thewire1_small The arrival of public electricity on the eve of the 20th century transformed virtually every aspect of daily life - not least of all, the experience of music. We begin our journey on The Wire with a reflection on how it has changed the way we think of the human voice, the way we communicate sound to large groups of people, and the way we now take for granted that sound is something that can be preserved, stored and heard again.

Your Brain On Music

From WHPC | 03:04

Studies show that many areas of your brain process music.

Your Brain On Music

Angelica_small What part of your brain is effected by music? In a new book "This Is Your Brain On Music" Daniel Leviton (former producer, enginieer, and musician) shows that music is a full brain experience. In a piece written and researched by Angelica Borrero, the book is analyzed, and her findings are impressive.