Monday, February 05, 2018

Humpback whales compose music!


Jackie Lay (and producer Ed Young) demonstrated in a short video on Vox how humpback whales can compose music, here .

Musical elements merge into phrases and themes, just as in human music.


In the late 60s, scientists started tracing evolution of whale music mixes around Australia.

The video also shows some primate culture.

It's pretty obvious you can make a video about bird songs. But the whales seem capable of collective or collaborative composition. 

Wikipedia attribution link, photo by Wwelles, CCSA 3.0 
  
Whale watching songs link

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