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The Evolution of Musical Instruments Explored

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 07:56 PM

No one knows where music came from, or who Elvis' singing predecessors were, or even when the first instruments were invented, but Neville Fletcher, a retired scientist at the Australian National University in Canberra who has made a hobby of studying the physics of instruments, thinks the key to the invention of instruments is the materials available in each civilization. The people used what they had.

http://www.livescien...nstruments.html

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 08:11 PM

is that why are music is so electronic, i guess we shall witness the death of the instrument, R.I.P

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 08:20 PM

[silly] No. nonono. God made the guitar as it is, there is no proof of evolution in musical instruments. [/silly]

A very enjoyable read, music grows, changes and so our need for tools to grow with it.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:54 PM

I think drums are as old as we are, i drum on things subconciously/naturally, horns were most likely stumbled upon and probably used for many things including music, I think strings were discovered by people being very creative......then....electricity comes along making more evolutionary possibilities.


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Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:03 PM

I agree that drums were probably the first, and I would say flutes and whistles were second - using hollowed out bone - probably discovered while sucking the marrow out...


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Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:07 PM

Nice article, Still Waters. Thanks for posting it!


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Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:41 PM

I don't know about the battle sounds, but certainly the sounds of everyday chores as chipping stone for tools, pounding and scraping animal skins and plants would provide a rhythm. And the various work surfaces and tools used would affect the tones made during the activity.With some observation, and just a bit of refinement, purposeful tools-instruments-could be made. Add some vocalization-perhaps simply conversation about the activity being performed-and it could be called a song.


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Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:09 PM

View PostRedSquirrel, on 23 October 2012 - 08:20 PM, said:

[silly] No. nonono. God made the guitar as it is, there is no proof of evolution in musical instruments. [/silly]

Spot on, they might be evolving now but if there was ever a strong argument for creationism at the beginning this is it...   ;)

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 02:09 AM

Musical instruments evolved from two sources. One being the pleasure of the human ears, the other being to "attract" animals closer for a kill.


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Posted 25 October 2012 - 11:50 AM

View PostJunior Chubb, on 24 October 2012 - 09:09 PM, said:

Spot on, they might be evolving now but if there was ever a strong argument for creationism at the beginning this is it...   ;)

Further proof: "His brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes." Genesis 4:20-22 (in context)

Makes you wonder what the stringed instrument he played looked like. Gibson or Fender?


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Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:33 PM

We listen to the beat of  our mother's hearts for months before birth.  I think that instills in us a natural affinity for 'drums'   .  My mom also sang a lot as she went about her daily affairs...   she told me  I kept time to music before i talked or walked.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 04:20 PM

View PostSundew, on 25 October 2012 - 11:50 AM, said:

Further proof: "His brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes." Genesis 4:20-22 (in context)

Makes you wonder what the stringed instrument he played looked like. Gibson or Fender?

I dunno, but I do know that Martin guitars are built in Nazareth (O.k... Nazareth PA, but still), so I may have to lean that way. ;)

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:20 PM

Here is how it was done... Taken from that great historical documentary "Caveman"...







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