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Foreword by Philip Kitcher 1. An Outback Epiphany 2. Songbird Studies 3. The Nature of Transcription and the Transcription of Nature 4. Notes and Calls: A Taste for Diversity 5. Song Development: A Taste for Complexity 6. Musicality and the Art of Song: A Taste for Beauty 7. Border Conflicts at Music's Definition 8. Facts to Suit Theories 9. Too Many Theories and Not Enough Birdsong 10. Songbirds as Colleagues and Contemporaries Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Glossary Notation and Supplement Conventions Bibliography Index
Hollis Taylor is Research Fellow at Macquarie University. A violinist/composer, ornithologist, and author, her work confronts and revises the study of birdsong, adding the novel reference point of a musician's trained ear.
Is Birdsong Music? is an absorbing and delightfully written field diary as much as it is a technical analysis of sound and a philosophical discussion of the concept of music . . . Hollis Taylor's book encourages us to recognise the importance and interconnectedness of all species. She challenges the dominant view that humans represent the pinnacle of all life and can act independently of the environment. The cultural connection between species is integral to environmental connection. * RealTime * Is Birdsong Music?, a ground-breaking study of the songs of the pied butcherbird, is intellectually engaging and also very entertaining as a fieldwork memoir. * The Music Trust *