Category Archives: Music

Sounds of Byzantine Churches

Absolutely beautiful. I probably had a past life as a monk or a priest. I LOVE music like this!

Mapping the Sounds of Greek Byzantine Churches: How Researchers Are Creating “Museums of Lost Sound”


“Unless you’re an audio engineer, you’ll have little reason to know what the term “convolution reverb” means. But it’s a fascinating concept nonetheless. Technicians bring high-end microphones, speakers, and recording equipment to a particularly resonant space—a grain silo, for example, or famous concert hall. They capture what are called “impulse responses,” signals that contain the acoustic characteristics of the location. The technique produces a three dimensional audio imprint—enabling us to recreate what it would sound like to sing, play the piano or guitar, or stage an entire concert in that space. As Adrienne LaFrance writes in The Atlantic, “you can apply [impulse responses] to a recording captured in another space and make it sound as though that recording had taken place in the original building.”


Your brain on MUSIC

This is Your Brain on Music!

“When researchers observed brain activity in people who were reading or doing math, they noticed that certain parts of the brain would light-up. Generally, with any given activity, the brain would utilize just one specific region — however, when the researchers introduced music, something amazing happened.

Not only did listening to music cause the brain to light up in multiple areas, but when subjects began to play music, practically every section of the brain went to work in an explosive jubilee of activity!

Find out more about this mind-blowing discovery in this video.”



Music from the Moon

Astronauts on the Apollo 10 mission in 1969 heard mysterious, “outer space-type” music when passing around the far side of the moon, declassified transcripts reveal.

The spooky music is the focus of an upcoming episode of the Science Channel series “NASA’s Unexplained Files.”

The mission — which included Thomas P. Stafford, John W. Young and Eugene A. Cernan — was carried out two months ahead of Apollo 11, in which man landed on the moon for the first time.

While the astronauts were out of radio contact, they began hearing cryptic sounds through the module’s radio.

“The music even sounds outer-spacey, doesn’t it?” one of the astronauts said. “You hear that? That whistling sound? Wooooo?”

“Sounds like … you know, outer-space type music,” another of the men said.

The sounds continued for about an hour, and then they stopped.

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Eugene Cernan, Thomas Stafford and John Young were crew members on the Apollo 10 mission.

The crew members considered whether to report the matter to mission control.

Recordings and transcripts featured the men discussing the music — but after the mission ended, and the craft landed safely in the Pacific Ocean, the evidence was deemed “classified,” and remained hidden in NASA archives for decades.

Full article here:


World’s Oldest Melody

“Dating back to 1400 BC, this is the oldest surviving melody. The Hurrian songs are a collection of music inscribed in cuneiform on clay tablets excavated from the ancient Amorite Canaanite  city of Ugarit which date to approximately 1400 BC. One of these tablets, which is nearly complete, contains the Hurrian hymn to Nikkal ,making it the oldest surviving substantially complete work of notated music in the world. While the composers’ names of some of the fragmentary pieces are known, h.6 is an anonymous work.”



From Youtube: The Oldest known musical melody performed by the very talented Michael Levy on the Lyre. This ancient musical fragment dates back to 1400 B.C.E. and was discovered in the 1950’s in Ugarit, Syria. It was interpreted by Dr. Richard Dumbrill. He wrote a book entitled “The Archaeomusicology of the Ancient Near East.” Here is a link to it:…

Check out Michael Levy’s website,! Here’s a link to it:

For more information on the Hurrian Hymn no.6 text, click on the link:…

There were 29 musical texts discovered in the ruins of Ugarit, but only text H6 was in good enough condition to allow for academic interpretation. Here is Dr. Dumbrill’s interpretation:…