“Clay tablets relating to music, containing the cuneiform signs of the “Hurrian” language, had been excavated in the early 1950s at the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit in what is now modern Ras Shamra. One text contained a complete hymn, both words and music and is the oldest known preserved music notation in the world.
Prof. Kilmer transcribed this piece of music into modern music notation. Other individuals have also attempted to transcribe this music, with differing interpretations.
The tablets date back to approximately 1400 B.C. and contain a hymn to the moon god’s wife, Nikal. Remarkably, the tablets also contain detailed performance instructions for a singer accompanied by a harpist as well as instructions on how to tune the harp. From this evidence, Prof. Kilmer and other musicologists have created realizations of the hymn .”
This quote is from: http://www.amaranthpublishing.com/hurrian.htm
Also on the site is a MIDI file that was made from information in the 3500 year old tablets. I used the MIDI file to create a experimental/ambient song.
Here Is The Song:
Here are the tablets: