Michael Spitzer

Wed 21 July 2021

The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth

The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth

165 million years ago saw the birth of rhythm. 66 million years ago was the first melody. 40 thousand years ago Homo sapiens created the first musical instrument. Today music fills our lives.  How we have created, performed and listened to music throughout history has defined what our species is and how we understand who we are. Yet music remains an overlooked part of our origin story. Renowned musicologist Michael Spitzer boldly makes the case that music is the most important thing we ever did; it is a fundamental part of what makes us human.

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