Who Invented Music? | COLOSSAL QUESTIONS

Who Invented Music? | COLOSSAL QUESTIONS


– [Narrator] Just
about everyone on Earth loves some kind of music. It’s almost as basic
as eating or breathing, but have you ever
stopped and wondered who actually invented
music in the first place? Let’s find out on
today’s episode of – [Commanding Voice]
Colossal Questions. – [Narrator] Music is just
about as old as humanity itself, and maybe even older. The very first
musical instrument was most likely the human voice, which is full of musical
sounds like singing, humming, clicking,
and whistling. Over the years, archeologists have dug up
a few ancient instruments, like flutes made of
swan or mammoth bones that are around
30,000 years old. The absolute
oldest-known instrument is called the Divje Babe Flute, which was uncovered
in Slovenia in 1995. The flute is carved out
of a cave bear femur and has four holes, enough
to play a full musical scale. The flute is anywhere between
50,000 and 60,000 years old. It’s so old, in fact, that it was even carved by a completely different
species of human. That’s right. The Divje Babe Flute is the
only instrument ever uncovered that was made by Neanderthals. The oldest known song isn’t nearly as old as
the first instruments. It’s only about 3,500 years old and was written in an ancient
language called cuneiform. The song is called
“Hurrian Hymn No. 6,” and while there were certainly
songs written down before it, it’s the oldest song
to survive until today. The hymn is written
on clay tablets and even include
specific instructions for how to play the
song on the lyre, a nine-stringed
guitar-like instrument. Ever since, music has grown
and changed and blossomed into an indelible part of life. (playful music)

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