Sunday, 12 July 2009

40,000 years of Music

Celtic Pan-Flute

"The find brings the total number of flutes discovered from this era to eight, four made from mammoth ivory and four made from bird bones. According to Professor Nicholas Conard of Tubingen University, this suggests that the playing of music was common as far back as 40,000 years ago when modern humans spread across Europe. "It's becoming increasingly clear that music was part of day-to-day life," he said. "Music was used in many kinds of social contexts: possibly religious, possibly recreational - much like we use music today in many kinds of settings."

Creative origins

"These flutes provide yet more evidence of the sophistication of the people that lived at that time. Professor Chris Stringer
Natural History Museum. The researchers also suggest that not only was music widespread much earlier than previously thought, but so was humanity's creative spirit."The modern humans that came into our area already had a whole range of symbolic artifacts, figurative art, depictions of mythological creatures, many kinds of personal ornaments and also a well-developed musical tradition," Professor Conard explained."

The above news and pic of the flute is the courtesy of the BBC.

John Coltrane - My Favorite Things - 1961

God bless the music and sound of the spheres...

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