Posts Tagged ‘music’

Secos & Molhados – Sangue Latino

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Secos & Molhados

Oh 1973, I am so happy to see you yet again. Last week it was Sensations Fix, and then yesterday someone posted Sangue Latino by Secos & Molhados. I hadn’t heard it in years. Brazil does glam folk rock. So very beautiful.

 Secos & Molhados - Sangue Latino

The oldest written melody in history circa1400 BC

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Hurrian moon hymn - clay cuneiform tablet
Hurrian moon hymn circa 1400 BC inscribed in cuneiform on clay tablet

“This is “a “live” arrangement of the 3400 year old “Hurrian Hymn no.6″, which was discovered in Ugarit, ancient northern Canaan (now modern Syria) in the early 1950s, and was preserved for 3400 years on a clay tablet, written in the Cuneiform text of the ancient Hurrian language – The Hurrian Hymn (catalogued as Text H6) was discovered in Ugarit, Syria, in the early 1950s, and was preserved for 3400 years on a clay tablet, written in the Cuneiform text of the ancient Hurrian language. Except for a few earlier Sumerian fragmentary instructional musical texts from c.1950 BCE (Musical Instructions for Lipit-Ishtar, King of Justice) the Hurrian Hymn it is the oldest written song yet known to history!”

Although about 29 musical texts were discovered at Ugarit, only this text, (text H6), was in a sufficient state of preservation to allow for modern academic musical reconstruction. The Cuneiform text clearly indicated specific names for lyre strings, and their respective musical intervals — a sort of guitar tablature for lyre.”

For the full explanation of this piece and its history, go to the original youtube video (from which the above was extracted) and also visit the creator’s website.

Photo via http://phoenicia.org/music.html

 

 

Textile design animation by Gavin Edwards, sound by Thomas Williams

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

film for Copenhagen Design Museum exhibition

The short film “Textile” was inspired by the exhibition Post War British Textiles at Copenhagen Design Museum. Gavin Edwards, the filmmaker, tells me that the idea was to bring the patterns to life with the aid of motion graphics in a dynamic and intriguing way. The excellent sound design is by Thomas Williams, www.thomaswilliams-sound.com.

Beautiful mix of image, animation and sound.

Mobiles on the set of a Seekers concert, 1968

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The Seekers Stage Set Design

Beautiful. Why are things so overdone now? This was a great set. 1968, BBC, London.

[Sorry about the ads; being allergic to advertising I have ad blocker and never see ads, but I'm told there's advertising on this one.]

Stereo systems and speakers, 1960s & 70s style

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Stereo shelf, storage for records

Stereo shelf, storage for records

Why don’t we do this kind of thing anymore? You saw it a lot in the 1960s and 70s—speakers embedded in display shelves or on a wall, as part of the decor. Maybe it’s partly that components were better looking then, in general, but you could still do this now. Why don’t we? Is it because stereo components are now considered throwaway, and you’d never make built-ins because your components wouldn’t last long enough to justify it? The stereo system above has been in continuous working order since it was installed in the 1970s in Vancouver in an architect’s house. The only change is that a CD player has been added into the built-in box that doubles as display shelf.

Maybe those who rent would be disinclined to make alterations like this, but what about everyone else? Whatever happened to using stereo components as elements in room design? Maybe these items were valued far more highly then than they are now, and not perhaps out of audiophilia so much as an overall sense of design and function.

On a related topic, have you ever tried to get good storage for your vinyl nowadays? Good luck. If the unit above (it’s the wooden credenza thing on the floor) were available now, I’d buy it. It’s beautiful and simple, and it looks like solid wood.

The photo below is from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Greystone Press, 1970. Check out the speakers on the built-in bench or shelf along the wall, the great reel-to-reel deck, and then the amp held up by cupids on the wall. Not to mention the vari-coloured wall, separated into quadrants via different paint colours. So great.

 

Stereo wall, 70s living room

I can’t find further good examples of this setup just at the moment, but here are some entertaining vintage stereo/storage shots: LP storage unit from ancienthistory,  And then there’s this, when things go space age. And pots and pans in one drawer, turnable in another via teddy_qui_dit (more here and here),

 

Tame Impala / Lonerism

Saturday, October 6th, 2012


The single “Elephant” from new Tame Impala album “Lonerism”


Album cover for Lonerism by Tame Impala – fenced garden, Paris

The new Tame Impala album Lonerism is out. (It’s not released in North America yet, technically, but seems you can get on iTunes already.) I’ve had it on perpetual repeat for 3 days. It’s interesting in terms of its psychedelic 1960s sound because as many reviews have pointed out, you can’t reduce it to just pastiche or quotation or derivativeness. It’s its own thing altogether, as if 60s paisley music had been fully metabolized along with a multitude of other sounds and traditions and then catalysed into this entirely new thing. I guess it’s obvious why I’m including it here, then.

Tame Impala is the creation of Kevin Parker (in pea coat, 2nd from right), also its lead singer. Five-star review in The Guardian.

Tame Impala are from Perth, Australia.

One of the album’s catchier tracks: