• New Music: "The Harmony of the Birth of the World"

    January 04, 2009 19:05

    We've discussed Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680) in a previous blog. The music piece featured in today's blog is based on another of his images: "The Harmony of the Birth of the World" (originally a black-and-white engraving, hand-colored for your viewing pleasure by yours truly):

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  • New Music: "The Alchemical Tree"

    December 21, 2008 21:12
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    As I mentioned in last week's post, alchemy in the Middle Ages and Renaissance was about much more than "changing lead into gold"—in addition to being proto-science concerned with medicine through metallurgy through proto-chemistry, within its literature there is ...

  • New Music: "The Dying, Magic Fire"

    December 13, 2008 08:01
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    Of course we all know about the 'alchemists' of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance—attempting to "turn lead into gold". What isn't as well known is that there was a lot more to Alchemy than just that: it was actually proto-science: for example, they figured out by long trial and error how to make substances like 'nitric acid'—many of the initial and practical 'baby steps' that made ...

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