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The Roots of Music – Exploring Earth’s Soundscapes

January 15, 2015

Where does music come from? Are we mimicking or connecting with nature when we make music? Can we use music to interact with animals? One of the finest achievements of humanity is the vibrant musical heritage represented by every historical age, culture, and society—including today’s technological advancements that make the most music available to the most people than ever before.

George Halekas starts this exploration and discussion at the beginning, with the origins of music in hunter gatherer societies and the connection between music and survival. He discusses why Earth has been described as a sonic jewel and ties the music of humanity to the vibrant and diverse soundscape of Earth. Listen to sounds from around the globe: birdsong, rainforests, whales, and people singing in an African forest. Explore how contemporary composers are incorporating the sounds of nature in their music.

This is a Humanities Washington grant-funded event. Humanities Washington is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Time: 7:00 pm

Contact: Mid-Columbia Libraries Phone: (509) 783-7878
Mid-Columbia Libraries
1620 S Union
Kennewick, WA 99338
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