You have all seen the commercials
"So easy a Caveman can do it!"
But did you know cavemen utilized language and tools, practiced religious rituals and even played musical instruments.
"There's overwhelming evidence that Neanderthals were musically inclined," according to Dr. Erek Tikus of the Institute of Neanderthal Music (INM) at NSU Department of Paleomusicology.
Evidence shows our early ancestors played in groups. The first artifact is a piece of a bone from a sabertooth tiger, which has 4 evenly-spaced holes which looks like it could have been a flute. There were other instruments found at the same dig, among them:
Experts disagree as to whether some of these were genuine musical instruments or not.
- Hollowed stones that could have formed early drums,
- Curved mammoth tusks used as an early type of eubonium,
- Bows and arrows used as harps,
- A rattle made out of teeth,
- An accordion-like instrument made from the bladder of a large animal,
- Some kind of animal horn used as an early trumpet,
- A collection of hollowed-out bones of different lengths suggesting a xylopbone,
- Flint stones inside several Neanderthal skulls that seemed to have been used as an early form of maracas.
In southwest France the first known Neanderthal cave painting was discovered showing early musical notation and what looked like musicians playing a variety of primitive instruments.
Through special arrangements with INM and Dr. Erek Tikus, Garritan libraries has the exclusive rights to sample this extensive collection of Neanderthal musical instruments.
The Garritan Primitive Music Sample Library will use ancient NT technology and is expected to be the first library made for Kontakt Player 3.