Jean-Marc Lederman’s Music for Dinosaurs is not a requiem for extinct creatures, but in fact an homage to fascinating animals with proven social behavior. Dinosaurs probably communicated with each other by means of sound, among other things. Whether these sounds resembled those of today’s animals we do not know, but we do enjoy speculating about it. This is indeed reflected by the large number of vinyl records and CDs with “dinosaur voices”: recording media, which some of us humans now ironically refer to as “fossils” in their own right. “Technofossils” come face to face with simulated dinosaur voices ... and now with Music for Dinosaurs as well.
The music of Jean-Marc Lederman may be understood as a thank you from Homo sapiens to the dinosaurs. Without their extinction, mammals would certainly not have become what they are today, and humans with their particular social behaviors would probably not have developed on planet earth. And possibly, without the mass extinction at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary, there would be no technical and cultural achievements today, electronic music included.
Of course, natural scientists also deal with the acoustics of the past and try to figure out what sounds dinosaurs, for example, might have in fact made. Paleontology is not a silent movie! Figuratively speaking, we can still listen to dinosaurs today, thanks to the diverse voices of birds, which are regarded as the true descendants of dinosaurs. Bird song impresses humans. They imitate them, thus interacting directly with the dinosaurs’ descendants. Conversely, birds imitate human voices and “human music”, which means that the closest relatives of the dinosaurs have an ear for Homo sapiens! So why not engage in the experiment of composing music for dinosaurs? We do not know to what extent we can apply the standards of zoo musicology to dinosaurs but at least the sound waves of this music can make their fossilized bones vibrate. And it well worth mentioning that the so-called death pose of fossilized dinosaurs such as Compsognathus and Ornithomimus as well as that of the famous Archaeopteryx, the original bird, has the uncanny appearance of a head banger.
And don’t forget to play Jean-Marc Lederman’s music loud – the past is millions of years ago!
Dr. Achim G. Reisdorf - Geologist
released November 6, 2020
All music composed, played, arranged and mixed by Jean-Marc Lederman
Voice on "Oh, Look! Meteor Showers!" by Emileigh Rohn of "Chiasm"
Front cover by Yiping Wang
Artwork by Chaotic Artwork