A few months ago, I was on a Harmonia and Cluster binge, so it’s good to see someone take the momentum of mourning David Bowie to praise the art he loves. An article in the New Yorker pivots his praise of Harmonia’s work to explore the recent reissue of their albums.
Here’s the German tv interview the article points to in which Bowie praises his favorite Krautrock.
Brian Eno recently posted on Twitter a link to this 2013 piece of 25 vinyl records Bowie had for which particular fondness. It was a surprise to see Daevid Allen on there. Bananamoon is not an album I listen to as much as I should. (When I listen to Daevid Allen, Good Morning and Now Is the Happiest Time of Your Life are my go-to albums.) Bowie was so damned eclectic and tasteful. I need to listen to Steve Reich more. I stumbled onto him before and lost that thread. A large portion of the list is underplayed or unknown gems for me.
The genomes of seven decapitated skeletons in Yorkshire, England from the Roman era had their genomes analyzed. Of course it’s the one of Near Eastern origin that interests me. It’s not that odd knowing that the Romans had people moving throughout their empire, but it still triggers the imagination. They’re suspected to be gladiators or possibly soldiers.
The new Planet Nine hasn’t been sighted, but inferred from the disturbances of the orbits of known objects in the solar system. Mike Brown states that this unknown planet would be 5,000 times the mass of Pluto.
It’s the Tales of Magic of the Aarne Thompson Uther Index were the group that were traced back. The oldest of the stories appear to go back 6,000 years. The Smith and the Devil (progenitor to Faust) is proposed to come from metal-working pastoralists from the Russian steppes.
It’s absurdly obvious on just a little reflection, but it’s worth remembering. The populations traveling out of Africa would be smaller so harmful mutations would have accumulated. Genetic bottleneck and all that. Nothing mind blowing. I just need to keep my head straight.
I have not figured out if this is going to be the best advertisement/infomercial of all time, an actual film, or what… Nevertheless:
X-rays of a painting depicting John Dee performing an experiment before Queen Elizabeth I reveal that originally he was encircled by human skulls.
The remains of a newly discovered butchered mammoth places humans in the Siberian Arctic 45,000 years ago, which is 15,000 years earlier than previously estimated. The site is on Yensei Bay. That’s some seriously inhospitable territory, even 45,000 years ago I think. That’s a considerable distance from the Bering Strait, but if humans were traversing such terrain that early, that opens a lot of questions.