Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 9781589661875 Published July 2009

Of Birds, Whales, and Other Musicians

An Introduction to Zoömusicology

Dario Martinelli

Dario Martinelli

Distributed for University of Scranton Press

100 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 9781589661875 Published July 2009

Dario Martinelli’s compact and enjoyable treatise on zoömusicology, Of Birds, Whales and Other Musicians introduces musicologists, biologists, social scientists, and philosophers to a new theoretical model for studying how animal behavioral patterns relate to sound communication. Organized by musical trait rather than animal species, and drawing upon the work of such esteemed philosophers as Umberto Eco, Charles Sanders Peirce, and Thomas Sebeok, Martinelli’s analyses redefine the boundaries surrounding music and help readers—scholars and amateurs alike—to appreciate the relationship between animals and musicological exchanges.



A Premise and a Promise



The idea of zoomusicology

Relatives and friends of zoomusicology

Whose music is this? The etic and emic approaches

Transpecific and species-specific features

The case for anthropomorphism

Martinelli’s Canon?


Three Steps Towards Music

Zoosemiotics of lying

Zoosemiotics of playing

Zoosemiotics of aesthetics

Zoosemiotics of lying, playing, and aesthetics

Art in nonhuman animals

Music: yes-no or more-less?

Bias to avoid

Some respectful remarks on Mache

Semiotic functions of music

Zoomusicological universals





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