Jul 30 2008

Cylindrical Records

Here’s a bit of recorded music time travel for you: mp3s, CDs, cassettes, 8-tracks, LPs, reel-to-reel, wire recordings, 78s, one-sided records, cylinder recordings. The latter were the standard from approx. the 1880’s to 1929. Here’s a fabulous site with over 8,000 recordings that you can listen to! To get you started, here’s a favorite of mine: Yes, we have no bananas!

 Did You Know?

Concert cylinders sold for around $5US in 1898, about $110US in 2005 dollars.

And you think CDs are a rip off!

[from the CPDP website]

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Jul 27 2008

The world’s oldest oil paintings

When the Buddhas of Bamiyan were carved out of the mountainside, the Roman Empire still held sway.

They towered over a rich valley in what is now central Afghanistan, where caravans of traders would stop and rest on the Silk Road as they transported goods between east and west.For centuries the two huge statues stood guard over Bamiyan. But in 2001, just months before they were forced from power, the Taleban dynamited what they considered un-Islamic representations of the human form.

Today all that remains are the recesses where they stood, and the labyrinth of fragile caves surrounding them…

Inside those caves the steep, narrow steps are crumbling, there are cracks in the mud tunnels carved into the mountainside, and still visible high in the echoing chambers are pieces of Buddhist iconic art which are now thought to be the oldest oil paintings in the world.

Read the full article here. (Don’t miss the video at the beginning!)

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