Ancient Greek music: now we finally know what it sounded like

In 1932, the musicologist Wilfrid Perrett reported to an audience at the Royal Musical Association in London the words of an unnamed professor of Greek with musical leanings: “Nobody has ever made head or tail of ancient Greek music, and nobody ever will. That way madness lies.”

Indeed, ancient Greek music has long posed a maddening enigma. Yet music was ubiquitous in classical Greece, with most of the poetry from around 750BC to 350BC – the songs of Homer, Sappho, and others – composed and performed as sung music, sometimes accompanied by dance. Literary texts provide abundant and highly specific details about the notes, scales, effects, and instruments used. The lyre was a common feature, along with the popular aulos, two double-reed pipes played simultaneously by a single performer so as to sound like two powerful oboes played in concert.

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Forgotten No More, Or: This is Why Photography Matters

Often it is the backstory and the small stories behind a set of pictures that brings it all together. I posted the above picture back in 2011, photographed on film and included in a set of photos from an abandoned dye-works in Somerset, UK.

At the time I said this about it:

I love things like this, the little relics of real people with real lives, people that simply called places like this ‘work’.

I’ve been back to this place, Tone Mills, many times since, but sadly that photo has long since disintegrated.

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26 vintage photos of music festivals that will make you want to go back in time

Hippies Bardney Pop Festival

It seems like every other week, there’s a new music festival popping up around the country promising to be the greatest weekend ever. And in addition to all of these new ones, you have your staples like Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Hangout.

But if you find yourself longing for the days of going to a concert without catching people culturally appropriating Native American headdresses, taking selfies every five seconds, or watching the show through their tiny phone screens as they record the whole thing, you might have just been born in the wrong time.

Keep scrolling to see the real glory days of music festivals.

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Phyllis Nicklin: Views of Birmingham recaptured 50 years on

Rotunda view towards Five Ways, 1966

“Before and after” shots of Birmingham taken about 50 years apart are being displayed in a new exhibition.

A group of photographers from the city recreated photos taken by university lecturer Phyllis Nicklin between 1953 and 1969.

More than 850 of her images were discovered in 2015 during a clear-out by University of Birmingham staff.

More than 70 photographers went back to the same spots as Ms Nicklin to capture the second city’s changing landscape.

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“Homer Odyssey: Oldest extract discovered on clay tablet”

How exciting!

If I could start my life over, I’d either be a photojournalist or an archaeologist. I’m weird that way 🙂

A handout photo made available by the Greek Ministry of Culture shows a clay tablet with an engraved inscription of a rhapsody in Homer's "Odyssey" on 10 July 2018

A clay tablet discovered during an archaeological dig may be the oldest written record of Homer’s epic tale, the Odyssey, ever found in Greece, the country’s culture ministry has said.

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Stories Of Wartime, Transformed Through Music

Rahim Alhaj is a composer and musician from Baghdad. He was repeatedly imprisoned and tortured for speaking out under Saddam Hussein’s regime. Alhaj fled his native country in 1991 — first going to Jordan, then Syria. He says that he heard that the Iraqi secret police intended to murder him abroad. So finally, in 2000, he came to the United States as a refugee, where he was resettled in New Mexico. (It wasn’t an easy transition: As a new arrival, he tried to decline a job at a local McDonald’s, saying that his music wasn’t really right for playing in restaurants.)

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