Who Created Caveman Music? 

The origins of music can be traced back to millions of years ago. The cavemen of the time needed a way to communicate. The perfect medium for this purpose was music. They also used voices to explore their environment. Music was one of the first forms of communication. It is thought that the cavemen created music to amplify their sounds. 


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Jelle Atema 

Jelle Atema, a researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, has created caveman music with the help of ancient instruments. Using a bone flute grafted from a bear leg, Atema has been able to recreate the sounds of cavemen. The instrument is believed to be about 50,000 years old and was likely used to attract mates. 

Prior to discovering the flute, archaeologists had only found reed flutes made from wood and bone from the region of Sumeria. However, Atema’s team has discovered an instrument 10 times older, made by the Neanderthal people some 50,000 years ago from a cave bear bone. This makes it the oldest musical instrument firmly dated. 

Philippe Fenelon 

Described as a multi-disciplinary artist, Philippe Fenelon’s music evokes collective and personal memories. He employs an abstract style, imaginative writing, and theatrical gestures to create musical compositions that evoke both fanciful and mundane scenes. His music has been premiered by various institutions and by renowned performers. 

This music was composed to play a set of 24 stone lithophones and chimes. The music evokes the sound of cavemen in the New Stone Age, which lasted between 2500 and 8000 BC. This work is called “Paleomusique” and is performed by musicians of the French National Orchestra. 

Aaron Copland 

The composer Aaron Copland was born in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of five siblings. He began to develop an interest in music at an early age, inspired by his older sister. As a young boy, he studied at the Manhattan School of Music under Rubin Goldmark, and later traveled to France to study under Nadia Boulanger. 

Copland’s style changed over the years, reflecting the changing world around him. He incorporated popular American music into his compositions, and he championed the advancement of indigenous American music. Today, he continues to inspire young composers in the United States. 

Tasos Stamou 

The electronic music produced by Greek-in-London Tasos Stamou straddles the line between traditional tunes and experimental, futuristic electronic music. His latest release, ‘D-A-D’, is a tribute to his father and explores both ancient and modern languages in his music. Those who are familiar with the works of Sote and Dariush Dolat-Shahi should certainly take note of this album. 

This album is the culmination of a three-year creative research project across the Greek island of Crete. The musician spent three summers on the island, making field recordings, performing with local musicians, and collecting old recordings of traditional music from the area. These recordings, combined with his own electronic compositions, make the resulting album a fascinating sound collage that captures the spirit of Crete’s ancient past and traditions.