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Listen To The Oldest Music Composed by Man, Dating Back to 1400 BC!

Have you ever pondered when did man started making music? Or have you thought what the oldest music sounds like? The answer to those questions were found by archaeologists at an excavation in Ras Shamra, Syria during the 1950s.

In an expedition there, archaeologists excavated Babylonian cuneiform tablets with what looked like musical melody. Carbon dating suggests that the musical inscriptions were at least 3,500 years old dating back to at least 1400-1700 B.C. So far, this is recognized as the oldest music composed by mankind.

The Four-part ancient musical composition

Emmanuel Laroche and Professor Kilmer with other scholars helped decipher the inscriptions. While, Michael Levy a lyre player, recreated the sound to make the oldest music alive again.

Scholars deciphered and translated the inscriptions to its modern-day musical note equivalents

Listen to the oldest music composed by man here:

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Relaxing and quite beautiful isn’t it? According to the scholars, the music written in the fragments of cuneiform clay tablets are a hymn for the Goddess Nikkal, the Semitic Goddess of Orchards. It suggests a hymn offering for a bountiful harvest. The scholars further note that the inscriptions may have come from the Hurrian tribe from Canaan. Four names were signed on the melody: Tapšiẖuni, Puẖiya(na), Urẖiya and Ammiya.

Aside from the big clay tablet, other smaller hymns were found

Aside from the inscriptions, the cuneiform tablet also has instructions on the playing of the music. There were instructions to play the song on a sammun or an ancient type of 9-stringed harp or lyre as well as voice accompaniment. The entire collection of the cuneiform musical inscriptions are available for viewing at the National Museum of Damascus. Other composers and musicians such as Michael Levy, and Marcelle Duchesne-Guillemin try to reconstruct the compositions.

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Artist Spends Hours Creating Stunning Mandalas Using Natural Objects

These works of art soothe your eyes and soul.

When it comes to beauty, there is nothing that can top nature. It is just what it is. Apparently, though, an artist by the name of James Brunt is looking for ways to make nature’s beauty even more appealing. He is fond of creating artworks using natural objects he acquires around his turf in Yorkshire, England.

James’ creations are something that will please both your eyes and soul. From using dried twigs to rocks to even leaves, he is arranging materials into various forms of art. These include, but not limited to, circles, spirals, concentric shapes, and other detailed patterns. He regularly takes photographs of his works and uploads them on social media. This dude right here is definitely a man of art!

Scroll down below and be ready to get mesmerized. These are not something you have seen before. And, oh, do not forget to let us know which one interests you the most! Enjoy!

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Here’s What Countries Would Look Like If They Were People

In the global arena, every country has its image, but how would they look as people?

When it comes to the global arena, it is safe to say that each country has its own image to portray. It may paint a picture of culture, tradition, and people. In any case, they are meant to describe a country as a whole. But what if each of them actually looks like ordinary citizens of today?

This is exactly what a Russian artist by the name of Anastasia Bulgakova thought. In her project, she draws “personifications of different countries.” All of them are interestingly drawn in “militant and warrior-like,” covered in blood and dirt. Mind you, she does not aim any political persuasion here.

As she explains,

Simply because that’s what I always draw in any case, and the idea of warrior-countries gives a lot of creative freedom.

Anastasia adds that every character in her project has, in one way or another, stereotypical attributes. If for an American it might appear a bit naïve and idealistic, a Japanese dude will come with a suspicious smile. And, as she points outs, one can easily recognize her characters in the street.

Well, without further ado, here are character designs Anastasia made for each country in the world. Check them out and let us know which one is your favorite (aside from your own country, of course!).

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24 Incredible Sculptures That Defy Gravity

These sculptures do not follow the laws of physics at all.

Like any form of art, sculptures are meant to challenge our human way of thinking. From our beliefs to prejudices to the concept of believing how stuff works, art is a medium that challenges these aspects. This is exactly what this compilation offers.

Elite Readers has come up with a list of sculptures that defies and questions the laws set in physics and gravity. In one way or another, they will challenge your brain to think outside of the box as you try to understand how they are made.

Scroll down below and prepare to be mesmerized by these sculptures!

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