The Story of Music – Dara O Briain’s Science Club – Episode 6 – BBC Two


How did music begin? no one knows but humans have been making music for a very long time perhaps even longer than we’ve had language there is evidence of our caveman ancestors fashioning crude flutes from bears femurs and by 7,000 BC in China we find the first evIdence of a melodic flute that could play a scale and carry a simple tune melodies are made by playing notes one after the other play two at the same time and you can make harmony notes that sound good together the story goes that it was Pythagoras who first worked out why this happens walking past a blacksmith he heard the ring of hammers hitting iron and did some quick sums he reckoned whether the hammer standard good or bad was down to math if one, was half two-thirds or three-quarters the weight of the other? which might be noises but he was right the Maths and Harmony are closely related other great minds of Science also studied sound and music from Aristotle to Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo none however are particularly noted for their musical prowess by now music is spread from blacksmiths forges to medieval monasteries And then into houses and Course where Renaissance nobles dance to the latest sound of the Sackbut and crumhorn By Beethoven’s heyday performances gone from Quartets and Quintets to Full-Blown Orchestras Not Only Within our Trombones on Top of the Triangles and Timpani but the Orchestra Had Outgrown private Houses And Music was also going commercial at the end of his life all of beethoven’s Symphonies Were Performed in Public concert halls Then One Morning in December 1877 Thomas Edison Walked Into an Office and Put a machine on the Desk He’d Made The first Device To record and Playback sound the phonograph by introducing Technology [he’d] Single-Handedly Kick-Started The Music Industry, We know Today Soon Musical Records went on sale and Then on Christmas Eve 1906 Can The first Radio Broadcast Which included A festive Christmas Carol it was a humble start to Music radio Music no longer Had to be Performed live you no longer Needed an Orchestra in your front room Thanks Technology Music’s Smaller Cheaper and Louder The Phonograph The Gramophone The Jukebox the Lp the Walkman the CD the minidisc Player and the MP3 have all Brought Music to our ears Sadly While Technology might Allow Music to be Widely Available it is no Control over the Quality of the music Produced

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  1. Deprived and obviously under educated American here, has anyone uploaded the full episode, anywhere on the webs? As we are the only English (Englis-ish like, speaking) Country in the world not to get QI.Happy Christmas my neighbors across the pond, and thank you for providing this great show for us.

  2. 1. Didn't mention that church music was the beginning of musical notation
    2. Beethoven didn't invent the symphony, Haydn did
    3. The phonograph was predated by wax cylinders
    Then I stopped watching. But I really liked the parts about caveman music and Pythagoras' contributions!

  3. I wrote Spanish subtitles for this video and it would come very handy to have them on the video! I want to show this video to little kids who don't understand English! Please put the Spanish subtitles!

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