The Biology of Music: Why we like what we like

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Mon, Dec 14th, 2009 09:10 by capnasty NEWS

Fascinating piece by Maggie Koerth-Baker on Boing Boing about why we are drawn to certain tones and certain groups of tones.

If you take a microphone out in nature and ask what the tonal sounds are in our environmental niche that we would have evolved to appreciate, the tonal sounds you record are nearly all animal vocalizations. And the ones that count the most are the vocalizations of other humans.

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