Ancient Babylonian Songs

I recently came across a recording called "Flood Preview".

 Stef Conner and Andy Lowings collaborated to create recordings of songs based upon Mesopotamian text by using reconstructed instruments of the time. My interest was peeked, so I downloaded the album.   

To the modern ear, the music has a sense of minimalist jazz. I experience this surreal image of an Babylonian jazz club in the 4th millennium BCE. Yet with lines like:  "Chickpea flour is appropriate of every woman in the palace.”  It opens up the experience finding oneself on a street in some town in Samaria hearing the sellers hocking their wares. That leads me to wonder more about the context that these songs were sung. Their music provokes a visual imagery of ancient peoples and an idea of what their lives may have been like.