Why Does Music Exist?

This blog post covers music from an evolutionary perspective by considering arguments for and against its adaptivity. Does music provide some important survival value to humanity? Some think it does, and some think it does not. There is not consensus on the matter, but the debate is an interesting one.

Dawn of the Dub

This post investigates the style of music known as Dub, which was an early form of electronic dance music. In the late 1960s, artists like King Tubby and Scratch Perry began creating alternative versions of existing reggae songs by rearranging sounds within multi-track recordings. This innovation, now called remixing, marked the birth of dub.

Rhythm & Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

In this post, Brian Jump explores the history of rhythm & blues and rock ‘n’ roll. He covers exciting musicians like Ike Turner, Ray Charles, and Elvis Presley, and explains their crucial contributions to the evolution of both styles. Also included are listening suggestions, video links, and study questions.

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