This is the oldest song in the world

Music has been around for tens of thousands of years, but it took the ancient Syrians to be the first to write down what they they were playing and singing.

Back in the 1950s, some clay tablets were unearthed and dated at being 3,400 years old. After much study, it was determined that one tablet featured the primitive musical notation for a hymn used by a religious cult. As far as anyone knows, this is the oldest preserved sheet music (okay, clay sheets) in the world. Researchers have dubbed it “Sounds from Silence.”

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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