June 24th, 2009

Music in the dark

The world's earliest musical instrument — a 35,000-year-old bone flute — found in the same cave in Southwest Germany where the oldest Venus figure was recently discovered.  Be sure to click to hear a clip of music played on a replica of the bone flute.***

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/25/science/25flute.html?hp

Links to portions of the just-published article in Nature (article in full only available to subscribers):

http://dienekes.blogspot.com/2009/06/paleolithic-flutes-from-early.html

http://dienekes.blogspot.com/2009/05/35000-year-old-female-figurine-from.html

And here, a video about the ancient Venus pendant.

http://www.nature.com/nature/videoarchive/prehistoricpinup/


*** I think they should have tried to play this — the eerie Abbots Bromley Horn Dance.

http://www.rhapsody.com/revel-players/the-christmas-revels/abbots-bromley-horn-dance