Ancient Egyptian music notation From a set of 6 parchments described by German musicologist Hans Hickmann in his 1956 book Musicologie Pharaonique, or Music under the Pharaohs,as dating from the 5th to 7th centuries C.E. Colors are presumed to indicate pitch and size to indicate duration. Writings on the parchment are in Coptic with indications like “Spiritual Harmony” and “Holy Hymn Singer”. This manuscript had a profound influence on Egyptian composer Halim El-Dabh’s music notation and paintings when he discovered a reproduction in Vogue magazine in 1952.
Note: I wasn’t able to locate these manuscripts and couldn’t find any reference to them online, but they are presumably in NY’s Metropolitan Museum collections. This image comes from Theresa Sauer’s book Notations 21, Mark Batty Publisher, USA, 2009.
Hyogo (1997) is a graphical score based on the blueprints for a Buddhist temple. The score is a series of lines and “stops” where each player plays between the stops, therefore including silences throughout the piece. Dafeldecker mapped out a specific route for each player to follow during a performance. Once can see the red line that traces Kyle Bruckmann’s part in his performance of this piece.
The drawing of the day is by John Clerk of Eldin Unpublished Geological drawing
In 1968 a descendant of John Clerk, the artist that accompanied Hutton, and sketched the most important outcrops to illustrate Hutton´s theory between 1785 and 1788, discovered a bunch of 70 illustrations that never got published.The figure shows a trench for an artificial canal near Frederick Street in Edinburgh. We can recognise a sequence of sandstone, marls and limestone, cropped by erosion and a soil (up to 20cm thick) overlying the rocks in the upper part, and on the left an intrusion cutting from below the single layers (from LEWIS 1985) .