Articles

Response to 'Rethinking music's status as adaptation versus technology: a niche construction perspective'
British Journal of Ethnomusicology (2016) Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 234-236

Despite many good arguments in Killin's article, his refusal to acknowledge and confront the actual authors of the theories he challenges, his overly selective approach to identifying appropriate ethnomusicological data, his criticism of the disciplinary trajectory of ethnomusicology and his ...

Is Music an Adaptation or a Technology? Ethnomusicological Perspectives from the Analysis of Chinese Shuochang
British Journal of Ethnomusicology (2014) Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 3-26

This paper examines two opposing perspectives on the debate about whether music is a biological adaptation or a technology. Those who espouse the first perspective claim that recent explorations into the intrinsic musical nature of human communication suggest an adaptive ...