Thursday, June 25, 2009

Oldest Musical Instrument in Existence

This is what it sounds like.

They crawled out of the ocean, humming and chanting as their limbs and stature rearranged itself. They found themselves in Europe 35,000 years ago feasting on some prize vulture carcass. As they stood upright, their mashing mandibles blew air through bone and they even carved it holes. It was their need to make logic out of noise that set them ahead in the evolutionary race against the neanderthals. Little did they know that they were building our modern music even then. Campfires were the first blogs and their wandering tribe was the first UK tour. The idea is the same, the only thing that's changed is how its organized and what we call it. This creative spirit is what distinguishes us from unevolved protoplasmic goo.

BBC article.

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