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Spider Violin

From the BBC: A Japanese researcher has used thousands of strands of spider silk to spin a set of violin strings. The strings are said to have a “soft and profound timbre” relative to traditional gut or steel strings. You can actually listen to the violin-with-spider-strings on the BBC website.

Recording Industry Thieves

A lot of this I already knew – I read the Courtney Love article a long time back – but it’s interesting to see the discussion revived again. Click through to read the whole post. So, back to our original example of the average musician only earning $23.40 for every $1,000 sold. That money has […]

Beating the Moguls

From the BBC: Rock band Rage Against the Machine have won the most competitive battle in years for the Christmas number one. The band’s single, Killing In The Name, sold 500,000 downloads beating X Factor winner Joe McElderry’s The Climb by 50,000 copies to clinch the top spot. Their success followed a Facebook campaign designed […]

Lituus

This is incredible: New software has enabled researchers to recreate a long forgotten musical instrument called the Lituus. The 2.4m (8ft) long trumpet-like instrument was played in Ancient Rome but fell out of use some 300 years ago. and: But Dr Braden and his supervisor Professor Murray Campbell, were approached by a Swiss-based music conservatoire […]