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The Memetics of Music: A Neo-Darwinian View of Musical Structure and Culture by Steven Jan screenshot
English | ISBN: 0754655946, 1138250511 | 2007 | 294 pages | PDF | 25 MB
Richard Dawkins's formulation of the meme concept in his 1976 classic The Selfish Gene has inspired three decades of work in what many see as the burgeoning science of memetics. Its underpinning theory proposes that human culture is composed of a multitude of particulate units, memes, which are analogous to the genes of biological transmission. These cultural replicators are transmitted by imitation between members of a community and are subject to mutational-evolutionary pressures over time. Despite Dawkins and several others using music in their exemplifications of what might constitute a meme, these formulations have generally been quite rudimentary, even naïve. This study is the first musicologically-orientated attempt systematically to apply the theory of memetics to music. In contrast to the two points of view normally adopted in music theory and analysis - namely those of the listener and the composer - the purpose of this book is to argue for a distinct and illuminating third perspective. This point of view is metaphorical and anthropomorphic, and the metaphor is challenging and controversial, but the way of thinking adopted has its basis in well-founded scientific principles and it is capable of generating insights not available from the first two standpoints. The perspective is that of the (selfish) replicated musical pattern itself, and adopting it is central to memetics. The approach taken is both theoretical and analytical. Starting with a discussion of evolutionary thinking within musicology, Jan goes on to cover the theoretical aspects of the memetics of music, ranging from quite abstract philosophical speculation to detailed consideration of what actually constitutes a meme in music. In doing so, Jan draws upon several approaches current in music theory, including Schenkerism and Narmour's implication-realization model. To demonstrate the practical utility of the memetic perspective, Chapter 6 applies it analytically, tracing the transmission..



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I'll check it out 4 teh lulz. What boggles me about most such theorizing is that they resist explaining what is so special about humans and human society to begin with, it's just an implicit assumption.
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Most theoretical writings are very specific by nature and assumptions are part of a particular, unique premise; this is due to the fact that if they dove into, say, what you're suggesting--a case being made for humans being special, in some fashion (at least enough so to deserve an in-depth analysis, anyway)--it would be an encyclopedia-length series. (For those of you who were born in the last 20 years, Encyclopedias are physically palpable, bound collections of paper containing a vast array of information. )
Just pointing that out, Popobawa....
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  Resident 25.12.2017 6 1564
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Big thanks, deuces. These type of books are always an interesting read.
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