Who says you can’t play with food?

Have you ever asked yourself where music comes from and why do we enjoy it so much? Well, if you haven’t, academic minds have. Trying to find an answer to this question was something that even Charles Darwin, the father of the evolutionary theory himself, was preoccupied by. He believed music was created as a sexual teasing mechanism that used during the courtship of sexes would express emotions like attraction, love, jealousy, triumph. Other scientists, like Chris Loersch from the University of Colorado and Nathan Arbuckle from the University of Ontario, coordinated a series of researches that brought a new perspective on the origins and purpose of music: music acts as a “social glue”. Music has the power of bringing people together (sounds plausible if you think of the atmosphere at concerts you’ve attended) in communities by influencing their mood an behaviour. One of their results showed that people who said to be significantly affected by music also scored high at “the need to belong”.

Either way, music is indeed a form of communication through sounds. The first known song dates back 4 000 years ago, while the first music instrument – a animal-bone made flute is believed to be 37 000 years old. Nowadays there are around 1800 types of musical intruments that create the most varied musical sounds.

Those of you who attended TEDxVienna Unlimited conference on November 2 of last year, need to know that you have made history by attending a concert by the worldwide one of a kind orchestra that uses musical instruments made out of fresh vegetables. Founded in Vienna in 1999, the Vegetable Orchestra is now playing all around the world music that varies from contemporary music, beat-oriented House tracks, Free Kazz, Noise, Dub, experimental Electronic and Clicks’n’Cuts.

Ladies & Gentlemen, the Vegetable Orchestra:

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