The function of music with Jad Abumrad

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Music might be quintessentially human, but does it serve a purpose?

‘Music doesn’t mean anything – it just is…’

Like language, music is organised, human-made sound that sprang up independently across early human cultures. Unlike language, however, music serves no obvious evolutionary purpose. So then why do we love it? And why is it so entwined with our emotions? In this lively short video by the US artist and animator Mac Premo, Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad explores and attempts to explain the enigmatic, visceral hold music has over us.

Director: Mac Premo

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