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    Music in it's earliest form

    I just had a thought...., or maybe it's a wondering..., or possibly a pondering..
    anyway

    Whats the oldest ever preserved music known? You know, playable.

    an intruiging question really
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    HI, Danial - Do you mean "playable" as notation of some sort that can be read, or "playable" as in playing back an audio recording? The former has to be thousands of years old, the latter not all that much over a century!--an amazing thought on its own.

    Randy B.

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    My first thought was the Rolling Stones. Ya just can't get any older than that!
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    I remember hearing something on NPR about some scientists (I can't remember who) who had filtered the EMF radiation waves from the sky,and discovered that the background/underlying note was a Bb (many octaves below the human range of hearing). Does that count?

    Or a related topic, you've probably seen the cute applications that can take a picture and turn the colors/patterns into some kind of audio signal. We could run some of the Hubble telescope images through that, and probably say that we were able to "listen" the the "sound" of the Big Bang. You can't get much older than that (except for the Rolling Stones!).
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    [quote=Felixissimo;605103]

    Whats the oldest ever preserved music known? You know, playable.
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    Not so long ago, I read an article stating that the ancient Greeks had a means of writing their music. It produced an example and explanation. I have forgotten where I read it, and have not heard of it elsewhere. But this could provide you with a starting point in researching the matter.

    Richard

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    I have a book with 2 manuscripts in it that are quite old, one is 1400 BC, so 3400 years old.Never got in the charts tho. The other is 140 BC.

    I'd return it to the library but I can't afford the fines

    I expect there are others out somewhere.
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    The oldest manuscript that I ever heard of was an original Beethoven Eroica with crossed out title after Napoleon declared himself emperor.

    Non-manuscript related can be dated back to God telling Job that the stars sang for joy at His creation.

    Job 38:4-7
    “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
    Who determined its measurements?
    To what were its foundations fastened?
    When the morning stars sang together,
    And all the sons of God shouted for joy?" - edited
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    Re: Music in it's earliest form

    Very interesting thought on this forum I appreciate it
    I guess I was kinda fuzzy, I guess what I really meant was: what's the oldest "music" (and by that I mean a melodic line or something) written down that can be translated into regular notation and played?
    I other words, how did ancient music sound?
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