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How did musical instruments evolve ?


Posted on Wednesday, 24 October, 2012 | Comment icon 12 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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When were the first musical instruments invented and under what circumstances did they come about ?

It is believed that the concept of music developed from the rhythms of traditional poetry and that instruments would have been introduced to expand on this. It isn't clear exactly how long ago the first instruments were made because a lot of the earliest types would have been constructed from perishable materials meaning that no traces of them now remain.

Archaologists have found several objects that may have been prehistoric flutes dating back between 40,000 and 67,000 years ago, more concrete examples have been discovered dating back up to 9,000 years ago. Lyres and harps date back to at least 2,500 BC, while the Australian aborigines are known to have developed the didgeridoo as far back as 10,000 years ago.

"The invention of musical instruments came about accidentally, suggests an Australian physicist."

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Comment icon #3 Posted by Majikwayz on 24 October, 2012, 13:54
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.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Taun on 24 October, 2012, 14:03
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...
Comment icon #5 Posted by sarah_444 on 24 October, 2012, 14:07
Nice article, Still Waters. Thanks for posting it!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Hippycrite on 24 October, 2012, 16:41
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.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Junior Chubb on 24 October, 2012, 21:09
Spot on, they might be evolving now but if there was ever a strong argument for creationism at the beginning this is it...
Comment icon #8 Posted by pallidin on 25 October, 2012, 2:09
Musical instruments evolved from two sources. One being the pleasure of the human ears, the other being to "attract" animals closer for a kill.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Sundew on 25 October, 2012, 11:50
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?
Comment icon #10 Posted by lightly on 25 October, 2012, 12:33
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.
Comment icon #11 Posted by RedSquirrel on 25 October, 2012, 16:20
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.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Taun on 25 October, 2012, 21:20
Here is how it was done... Taken from that great historical documentary "Caveman"... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYBNoFcvcWI


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