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Album: Native North America Vol. 1

March 9, 2015

Album: Native North America Vol. 1

This is a superb and historically important album, a compilation of music by indigenous musicians in Canada 1968-1985. It’s telling that I had only heard one of these tracks before hearing the album; it points to a disturbing lack of airplay of native music during those years.

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The oldest written melody in history circa1400 BC

November 14, 2013

The oldest written melody in history circa1400 BC


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.

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Textile design animation by Gavin Edwards, sound by Thomas Williams

November 2, 2013

Textile design animation by Gavin Edwards, sound by Thomas Williams

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.

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Slow

September 16, 2012

Slow

Thomas Anselmi of Slow singing Have Not Been The Same, circa 1985

Slow at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium, dressed in bloody nurse’s outfits, circa 1986

Slow was a legendary 80s Vancouver band sometimes credited with spawning grunge.

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