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The Earliest Melody



This story isn’t so much about a record (although a version was released on wax, but has since sold out), but more so about the story. In the 1950’s, archaeologists uncovered clay tablets in Syria that contained what they later discovered was music written in cuneiform. The piece, writes Richard Fink in a 1988 Archeologia Musicalis article, confirms a theory that “the 7-note diatonic scale as well as harmony existed 3,400 years ago.” This, Fink tells us, “flies in the face of most musicologist’s views that ancient harmony was virtually non-existent (or even impossible). You can read the rest of the story, and hear samples of the melody here.

…and if you track down some copies of the vinyl, let us know!

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