Composer’s Neanderthal recreation

By | February 9, 2009

Televisual representation of a Neanderthal (BBC)A musical experience with a difference is being previewed at the National Museum Wales in Cardiff – an attempt to recreate the sound of the Neanderthals.

Jazz composer Simon Thorne was given the task of creating the “soundscape” to provide a musical backdrop to some of the ancient exhibits on display.

The musician says the work is “probably the most unusual” he has undertaken.

There has been strong interest in the composition and it will go on a separate live tour later in the year. Neanderthal man existed side by side with early homo sapiens before becoming extinct some 30,000 years ago.

Despite having a reputation for lacking intelligence, recent research suggests the neanderthals were a lot more resourceful and innovative than was first thought.

Thorne said: “Given that Neanderthal’s man brain was about the same size as ours, and much of our brain is given over to language, then you can assume they probably had language too.

“Every culture has language and music, so we can probably assume that they had some kind of music too.”

via BBC NEWS | Wales | Composer’s Neanderthal recreation.

2 thoughts on “Composer’s Neanderthal recreation

  1. Xeno8

    They had language, music, bigger brains (or at least more space for brains), they were faster, and they were stronger than us. The problem was, they were honest. Homo sapiens was more deceptive and, thus, we wiped them out. They were convinced a friendly tribe in Nigeria wanted to give them five million shiny rocks and all the food they could eat … so they all walked into the ocean as we directed. That’s my guess. Actually, many modern species are deceptive … so I may be wrong.

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