Brad Wallace January 8, 2015 Music is cultural - and cross-cultural Brad Wallace January 8, 2015 or, I guess, you could just say that Montreal hipsters are musical pygmies. Or not. It's not fair to the Pygmies. Whether you are a Pygmy in the Congolese rainforest or a hipster in Canada, certain aspects of music will touch you in exactly the same ways, according to a team of researchers from McGill, Technische Universität Berlin, and the University of Montreal. They arrived at this conclusion after traveling deep into the rainforest to play music to a very isolated group of people, the Mbenzélé Pygmies, who live without access to radio, television or electricity. They then compared how the Mbenzélé responded both to their own and to unfamiliar Western music, with the way that a group of Canadians (in not-so-remote downtown Montreal) responded to the same pieces.