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A Gorgeous Guide to Musical Notation

Update: Based on your feedback, Pop Chart Lab has made some tweaks to the poster—check them out at the link below!

Do you confuse your demisharps with your double flats? Have you forgotten how to write an inverted mordent? Don’t know how to read that acciaccatura at the recital? Do you still shamefully call a caesura “railroad tracks?"

Not anymore! Pop Chart Lab's latest poster is bursting with musical marks that will make musicians of all stripes tremolo with joy, turn after inverted turn. Even viola players have reason to celebrate: the chart even gives the maligned alto clef some much-deserved love.

You can see a larger version of the poster here.

"The researcher on this project has a music theory background," the team says, "and, at some point over the course of years of chart-making, realized that the world of musical notes and marks was one of highly-varied and highly-nuanced visual data—i.e.,something as small as a tiny dot or arc can drastically change the way that a musical note is meant to be interpreted and then produced into hearable music. So the goal was to chart these little hieroglyphs by type and placement."

According to the team, the design was "like a game of musical sudoku—we knew on a given staff that certain elements had to be included, but the trick was finding the perfect sequence and making sure that symbolic groups (like accidentals and dynamics) were presented in a way that (mostly) made sense."

Now that deserves an ovation!

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Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs
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Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

[h/t Thrillist]

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A Secret Room Full of Michelangelo's Sketches Will Soon Open in Florence
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Parents all over the world have chastised their children for drawing on the walls. But when you're Michelangelo, you've got some leeway. According to The Local, the Medici Chapels, part of the Bargello museum in Florence, Italy, has announced that it plans to open a largely unseen room full of the artist's sketches to the public by 2020.

Roughly 40 years ago, curators of the chapels at the Basilica di San Lorenzo had a very Dan Brown moment when they discovered a trap door in a wardrobe leading to an underground room that appeared to have works from Michelangelo covering its walls. The tiny retreat is thought to be a place where the artist hid out in 1530 after upsetting the Medicis—his patrons—by joining a revolt against their control of Florence. While in self-imposed exile for several months, he apparently spent his time drawing on whatever surfaces were available.

A drawing by Michelangelo under the Medici Chapels in Florence
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Museum officials previously believed the room and the charcoal drawings were too fragile to risk visitors, but have since had a change of heart, leading to their plan to renovate the building and create new attractions. While not all of the work is thought to be attributable to the famed artist, there's enough of it in the subterranean chamber—including drawings of Jesus and even recreations of portions of the Sistine Chapel—to make a trip worthwhile.

[h/t The Local]

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