Reading Response

Reading Response: Comparing Haltman Text and The Creation of Music

The supplemental text I read was “ Did early humans, or even animals, invent music?” by Colin Barras. It states in the article that “ Research suggests it may have allowed our distant ancestors to communicate before the invention of language,…” I feel this can be connected to the Hartman text because it states that material culture may have a physical form but there are also parts of a culture that are abstract. This portrays to music because it may as well be the biggest connection shared among the diverse cultures across the world. Music is understood and felt between many cultures, regardless of language and religion beliefs. But as the historians stated animals may have been the first ones to create music. For example, animals such as dolphins and whales communicate with vibrations and pulses made in the water that are interpreted by the other creatures nearby. Animals play a big role in the creation of music because it help close a bridge between cultures that were established centuries ago. Music help create the first pre-human societies and later develop languages shared within certain cultures. Musical prehistory can be dated back about 40,000 years ago with ancestors in Europe, they were becoming a more complex species later known as Neanderthals. The music later helped in the rise of another form of communication that is universal among all cultures, art. The rise of art better helped the conveying of emotions, ideas, and religion among cultures. The tradition has been carried over among many years since or maybe before the creation of man. In conclusion, the Hartman text helped me bring about the importance of the abstract aspect of cultures and how it is significant to know the connection shared among cultures and what each culture may be able to interpret from one another. Cultures become more diverse and separated as time starts to progress but music and art will always stand as a bridge between cultures. These aspects tend to embody a “language” that words cannot express. It allows us as one to use our senses and become focus on a common belief/interpretation of how we envision ourselves in others that aren’t within the same culture.



Reading Response:  Comparing What Are Multimodal Projects and Sophistication of Neanderthal Art

The article I read for Unit 2 is “Case Closed: Oldest known cave art proves Neanderthals were just as sophisticated as humans” by Deborah Netburn. In this article she explains how archaeologist have concluded that three of the oldest cave paintings were painted by Neanderthals, not modern humans. For about a century, researchers have argued that “our Neanderthal cousins were intellectually inferior to their modern human contemporaries — incapable of symbolic thought and possibly devoid of language.” But the archaeologists who discovered this argue these paintings have a personal meaning, although we are not sure what it is, because of the thought and work that had to be put in place for these paintings to be created. Some of the aspects are a light source, finding the right material, pigments, placement, etc. I chose to compare this article with “What are multimodal projects?” because in that article, it reveals the sophistication of beings as far as 60,000 years ago.  The modes I noticed in the pictures of the article are visual and spatial mode. I say visual due to the color choice, shapes, and variation throughout the paintings and spatial because of the placement and proximity of the characters in the painting. I’m not sure what the paintings are supposed to be or mean but it was significant enough for the Neanderthal to inscribe it onto the cave wall. The significance of these paintings are that they were clearly left as a message of some sort, supporting the idea of multimodal texts as form of communication. These cave paintings may have been seen by many far and beyond, who may have understood the significance/meaning of it or the very least knew that it meant something. No matter culture or history, multimodal text are a great way to show the significance of a meaning/idea/thought that one is willing to share with others.