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February 13, 2020

Listen to the oldest song in the world, written 3,400 years ago

From Far Out Magazine:

Professor Anne Draffkorn Kilmer, curator at the Lowie Museum of Anthropology at Berkeley, spent fifteen years deciphering the clay tablets, which were uncovered and excavated in Syria by French archaeologists in the early 1950s.

The tablets, it has been confirmed, form "a complete cult hymn, the oldest preserved song with notation in the world."

Kilmer, who is also emeritus professor of Assyriology at the University of California, worked alongside her colleagues Richard L. Crocker and Robert R. Brown to create a definitive record and booklet about the song, which has been called the "Sounds From Silence."

"We are able to match the number of syllables in the text of the song with the number of notes indicated by the musical notations," Kilmer pointed out. "This approach produces harmonies rather than a melody of single notes. The chance the number of syllables would match the notation numbers without intention is astronomically small."

Richard Crocker, Kilmer's colleague, added: "This has revolutionized the whole concept of the origin of western music."

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[via Crack San Francisco Correspondent©® Richard Kashdan]

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