The Singing Ape


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Sunday 27 September 2015


See presenters, producers and programme contributors at work in BBC Radio 3's pop-up studio as they record this live programme. Listen to the broadcast in the café or grab a pair of headphones to listen throughout the building.

Tom Service probes the latest theories about the origins of music making and how it might have affected human evolutionary development. Was there music before language? Has music helped shape the human brain? Is music anything more than just ‘auditory cheesecake’? To help answer these and many other questions, Tom is joined by Philip Ball, author of The Music Instinct, and Steven Mithen, one of the pioneers of cognitive archaeology.

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