Posts tagged music

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booksnchocolate:

i wanna ruin our friendship

we should be lovers instead

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themelancholyhill:

  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s wacky piano is heard for the first time, after 500 years:

A bizarre instrument combining a piano and cello has finally been played to an audience more than 500 years after it was dreamt up Leonardo da Vinci.

Da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance genius who painted the Mona Lisa, invented the ‘‘viola organista’’ - which looks like a baby grand piano – but never built it, experts say.

 

The viola organista has now come to life, thanks to a Polish concert pianist with a flair for instrument-making and the patience and passion to interpret da Vinci’s plans.

 

Full of steel strings and spinning wheels, Slawomir Zubrzycki’s creation is a musical and mechanical work of art.

‘‘This instrument has the characteristics of three we know: the harpsichord, the organ and the viola da gamba,’’ Zubrzycki said as he debuted the instrument at the Academy of Music in the southern Polish city of Krakow.

The instrument’s exterior is painted in a rich midnight blue, adorned with golden swirls painted on the side. The inside of its lid is a deep raspberry inscribed with a Latin quote in gold leaf by 12th-century German nun, mystic and philosopher, Saint Hildegard.

 

‘‘Holy prophets and scholars immersed in the sea of arts both human and divine, dreamt up a multitude of instruments to delight the soul,’’ it says.

The flat bed of its interior is lined with golden spruce. Sixty-one gleaming steel strings run across it, similar to the inside of a baby grand.

Each is connected to the keyboard, complete with smaller black keys for sharp and flat notes. But unlike a piano, it has no hammered dulcimers. Instead, there are four spinning wheels wrapped in horse-tail hair, like violin bows.

 

To turn them, Zubrzycki pumps a pedal below the keyboard connected to a crankshaft. As he tinkles the keys, they press the strings down onto the wheels, emitting rich, sonorous tones reminiscent of a cello, an organ and even an accordion.

The effect is a sound that da Vinci dreamt of, but never heard; there are no historical records suggesting he or anyone else of his time built the instrument he designed.

A sketch and notes in da Vinci’s characteristic inverted script is found in his Codex Atlanticus, a 12-volume collection of his manuscripts and designs for everything from weaponry to flight.

 

‘‘I have no idea what Leonardo da Vinci might think of the instrument I’ve made, but I’d hope he’d be pleased,’’ said Zubrzycki, who spend three years and 5000 hours bringing da Vinci’s creation to life.

ladysaviours:

i’m a different breed | a santa olivia fanmix
1. sail - awolnation (maybe i’m a different breed/maybe i’m not listening) 2. the dream - birthday massacre (it never crossed my mind/that one so young could hope to find/a power greater than our own) 3. heaven knows- the pretty reckless (won’t be pretty, won’t be sweet/she’s just sitting here on her feet) 4. samson and delilah - shirley manson (if i had my way/i’d burn this whole building down) 5. beloved freak - garbage (you’re not certain when you feel/hurt yet violent when you deal) 6. up the wolves - the mountain goats (we’re gonna comandeer the local airwaves/to tell the neighbours what’s been going on) 7. bad girls - m.i.a (when i get to where i’m going, gonna have you trembling) 8. bullets - tunng (you split the secret up six ways/but that won’t make it any easier to see) 9. no church in the wild - kanye west (what’s a kng to a god?/what’s a god to a non-believer?)

ladysaviours:

i’m a different breed | a santa olivia fanmix

1. sail - awolnation (maybe i’m a different breed/maybe i’m not listening) 2. the dream - birthday massacre (it never crossed my mind/that one so young could hope to find/a power greater than our own) 3. heaven knows- the pretty reckless (won’t be pretty, won’t be sweet/she’s just sitting here on her feet) 4. samson and delilah - shirley manson (if i had my way/i’d burn this whole building down) 5. beloved freak - garbage (you’re not certain when you feel/hurt yet violent when you deal) 6. up the wolves - the mountain goats (we’re gonna comandeer the local airwaves/to tell the neighbours what’s been going on) 7. bad girls - m.i.a (when i get to where i’m going, gonna have you trembling) 8. bullets - tunng (you split the secret up six ways/but that won’t make it any easier to see) 9. no church in the wild - kanye west (what’s a kng to a god?/what’s a god to a non-believer?)

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helaeon:

This is the sound Jupiter emits via electromagnetic waves. Its so incredibly cool (10:00)

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hazookie:

I sneezed on the beat and the beat got sicker

Yoncé all on his mouth like liquor

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majestictunes:

yonce/partition || beyonce

why you think you keep my name rolling off the tongue
'cause when you wanna smash, I just write another one
I sneezed on the beat and the beat got sicker
yoncé all on his mouth like liquor

compromisedanalintegrity:

HAVE Y’ALL FUCKING SEEN THIS

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runningtheriskofbeingfree:

justmypencilandme:

heyy—beautiful:

What Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” would have sounded like in the 20s!

Perfect.

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medleypond:

Let Her Go - Passenger (Cover) 

One of my all-time favorite heartbreakers, and a request I’ve gotten quite often; I just needed to wait till the time and the mood was right. I kept it simple, but I really hope I conveyed how much this song means to me. Enjoy, with headphones as always.

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tyleroakley:

infinitelyeverlark:

Toxic | Melanie Martinez

One line in and I already knew I’d be reblogging.

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tatianaception:

i know y’all like the birdy cover of this song but this one is also by a girl and she didn’t change the pronouns

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