A Biologist friend of mine suggested this, I was pretty daunted at first as it’s not a very musical concept but I ended up going on a great research journey.
I found that there is a clear correlation between the evolution of mankind and its relationship with music – without music, we wouldn’t be as we are today, music helped form social bonds and express emotions.
I include in the mix samples from the first ever instrument (a flute) and the oldest ever musical composition – the Greek Seikilos Epitaph. There’s also a field recording in there of a man playing the Kora on the South Bank. I also include samples of Sun spots and rainy tunes (the sun and water creating life etc.)
I came across a BBC documentary on the relationship between evolution and music. Two scientists from Imperial College had created software that emulated evolution. The project asks volunteers on the Internet to listen to automatically generated sound loops and rate them based on aesthetic preference. After the volunteers rate the loops on a five-point scale, software permits the highest rated loops to ‘reproduce sexually’ and populate the next generation of musical loops. Included two of the ‘generations’ in my mix. Here’s a link to the project.
Coincidentally, I work at Imperial College and so took this opportunity to explain my radio show to Bob, one of the founders of the project. It was great to meet and talk more in depth about this project!
I end on a tune that’s around 20 minutes long. It’s the sort of song I’d get in a trance to, and I wanted to play a long, progressive tune to sort of symbolise the long and progressiveness of evolution.