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Published on January 11th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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The World’s Oldest Instrument–A 9,000 Year-Old Flute–Is Played Again

As a drummer, I’d say that a percussion instrument (stick meets rock) was the first musical instrument. But as for something that played notes, this flute is probably the oldest thing we can find. Not only that, but this ancient Chinese flute is tuned to a scale that’s not far from our modern scale. Listen below and get all the details at Open Culture.





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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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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