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GUEST,Futwick Insects and Music (46) RE: Insects and Music 26 Apr 13

"The drum the lion hunters were using, at that particular moment was not a musical instrument, it was a decoy."

My point about the lion drum is that they knew what sound they wanted and devised a way to make it and it is made the same way as a musical instrument and employs the same principles.

"Musical instruments evolved over hundreds of thousands of years."

They most certainly did not. They are inanimate objects. They cannot evolve.

"The noises produced by stringed instruments could easily have been noted from the plucking and stretching of animal sinews, woven hairs."

The first stringed instruments were made from hunter's bows held against a gourd or some such object as a resonance chamber. That demonstrates that the earliest instrument-makers understood how to amplify a sound. It wasn't chance, they learned it from observing nature. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if they were determined to find out how a little cicada gets so much volume and so studied them and noticed the tymbals and imitated them and found that they worked. They would have been incredibly stupid not to be acutely attuned to everything going on around them.

"No-one can say for sure but my money is simply on trying something out and discovering what it could do."

Try WHAT out? Early humans must have had an amazing amount of leisure time if that's the case. They listened to the sounds of nature and sought to imitate them so they observed how those sounds were produced and employed the same principles.

"The imaginative capacity of the greatest ape could easily account for the discovery of all the basic musical instruments"

No one's arguing that.

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