Re: Neandertal flute

Lee Thompson-Herbert (
2 Nov 1996 22:36:31 -0800

In article <55ef3t$>,
Gary Cruse <> wrote:
>In <> Phillip Bigelow <> writes:
>>I heard it on NPR a couple days ago. Whatever it's
>>purpose was, it was well-crafted, with much detail.
>>"Slow-witted" hominids, huh? Yeah, right... :-)
>> <pb>
> Well, no. I downloaded at
> gif of it. There is no detail. It is a piece
> of hollow bone maybe six inches long with
> two round holes in it.

Well-crafted would be a comment on how the instrument _plays_,
not any decoration on it. Flutes with 2 and 3 holes are still
played today for indian and british isles music. They're just
not as common as the 6 hole (timber) and keyed flutes.

When speaking of an instrument, _playability_ is the measure of
the craftsman. I've seen far too many "pretty" instruments that
are unplayable.

Lee M.Thompson-Herbert KD6WUR
Member, Knights of Xenu (1995). Chaos Monger and Jill of All Trades.
"There are some people who will argue whether the flames are blue
or green, when the real question is that their arse is on fire."