Thursday, August 27, 2009


Thanks to my friend Maria, here's an interesting article from the BBC. The trim around a 16th century carving in Stirling Castle in Scotland is more than a few artistic dots and dashes. Some scholars have proposed that it is, in fact, a transcription of a harp tune. The article explains the whole theory pretty well (a similar article in the Telegraph adds the important detail that the carving resembles a Welsh shorthand for harp music, in case you were wondering just how such an random identification came about) and includes a nifty recording of the reconstruction attempt. Bonus: the singer is using a sort of canntaireachd.

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