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Abstract: Music, like language and gene, is the product of a descent-by-modification process. As such, the current distribution of music styles around the world should reflect the history of human migration and cultural diffusion. However, where geneticists and linguists have developed sophisticated techniques for reconstructing that history, ethnomusicologists have largely abandoned large-scale comparative studies. Here we outline a proposal to revive such studies.

Cite this article:
  author       = {Leroi, Armand and Mauch, Matthias and Savage, Pat and 
                       Benetos, Emmanoul and Bello, Juan and 
                         Six, Joren and Weyde, Tillman and Panteli, Maria },
  booktitle    = {5th International Workshop On Folk Music Analysis, Abstracts},
  keywords     = {Ethnomusicology,Music information retreival},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Paris, France},
  pages        = {83--84},
  publisher    = {Institut Jean le Rond d'Alembert CNRS - UMR 7190},
  title        = {The deep history of music project},
  year         = {2015},

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