Is birdsong music?
Version of Record online: 7 DEC 2012
© 2012 The Royal Statistical Society
Volume 9, Issue 6, pages 4–7, December 2012
How to Cite
Araya-Salas, M. (2012), Is birdsong music?. Significance, 9: 4–7. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2012.00613.x
- Issue online: 7 DEC 2012
- Version of Record online: 7 DEC 2012
The nightingale, the lark ascending; the cuckoo, the dawn chorus; since ancient times man has found beauty in birdsong. It appeals to our senses. It inspires composers. But is it music? Marcelo Araya-Salas listens to the nightingale wren and tries to find out if it is singing in tune.