Music's Roots Lie in Speech? A new study suggests that the roots of music may lie in the sound of the human voice. When Duke University scientists averaged the pattern of tones in many different languages, they discovered that the emphasized tones were the same as the tones of musical scales common to many cultures. NPR's Richard Knox reports.
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Origins of Music May Lie in Speech

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Origins of Music May Lie in Speech

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A new study suggests that the roots of music may lie in the sound of the human voice. When Duke University scientists averaged the pattern of tones in many different languages, they discovered that the emphasized tones were the same as the tones of musical scales common to many cultures. NPR's Richard Knox reports.