Tuesday, May 01, 2007

600 year old music

If you like music or history or science or all of the above you will be facinated by this story and the video below.

The short of it is that some people discovered a musical notation system embeded in the stone in a Scottish Church. They were able to decode it and now the music is being sung again. I can't describe the coolness of the notation system better than the video shows it, but basically the notation is a picture of what the soundwaves look like, so it is possible to specify an exact pitch.

Watch the video!

5 comments:

Matt said...

That is insane.

Jason Campbell said...

That completely blows my mind! All I could think of while watching was all of the things "hidden" in ancient artifacts that mean stuff that we've totally missed.

"Gee, that's a nice tile mosaic", when actually, that's the solution to a fourth order nonlinear differential equation.

Sheesh. Stupid contemporary people and their complete assurance that we're smarter than every generation that has gone before us...

arwen said...

psst.... I heard a little rumor.... is it true! are you giving her back!?

tabitha jane said...

hmmm . . . i wish my computer did videos . . . this is one i would LOVE to watch!

tabitha jane said...

so i finally got to watch it and it is probably the coolest thing i have ever seen. ever.