Greetings everyone. I'm sort of new here, so let me introduce myself. I started out many years ago as an ethnomusicologist, but decided at some point to become part of the problem rather than part of the solution, so for many years after that I was what you might call "one of the natives," aka "wild man of Borneo," aka "creative artist," aka avant garde filmmaker, composer, poet, etc., you name it. A few years ago, however, after reading about recent developments in population genetics and the "Out of Africa" model of modern human origins, the ethnomusicological and also anthropological juices began to flow, so I have now returned to the old fold, only to find that it's changed rather drastically since I left. What interests me the most is not anymore what interests most social scientists.
Which would make me an old fogey, right? Only I'm not really THAT old. Well, maybe I am. But how can I be an old fogey when my work is inspired by some of the newest and most revolutionary developments in anthropology, i.e., the amazing research on human origins and early migrations being done by so many young population geneticists? Significantly, hardly any of this research (literally many thousands of articles) has been published in anthropology journals -- almost all can be found only in journals devoted to biology and genetics. I've been studying an awful lot of this stuff, skipping what I can't understand and focusing mainly on certain phylogenetic maps, and the sections devoted to discussion and conclusions. And what I've been finding is extraordinary. But also, I fear, disturbing or threatening to most anthropologists, now accustomed to thinking along very different, far more narrowly focused, lines.
Long story short, I've been doing a lot of writing on the relation between the genetic picture and the musical picture (based on years of intense comparative research as Alan Lomax's assistant on the "Cantometrics" project, at Columbia U.) and I think I've come up with some results that should interest most anthropologists, assuming they haven't become too dogmatized into the current standard model. My latest offereing is kind of unusual, a book in the form of a blog, or blog in the form of a book. It's being assembled on a chapter by chapter basis and so far I've got nine chapters up. It's open access, i.e. free. Everyone here is invited to take a look, do some reading, and comment. Here's the link: http://soundingthedepths.blogspot.com/