Interesting Find

Oldest Known Complete Piece of Music in History



Today I came across a fascinating little video from someone on Youtube. Apparently, the individual is playing a lyre, which was most likely what the song was written on. However, this is a little peek into what all the cool kids were listening to back in the day. First, here is a a little background on the Song of Seikilos.

The song of Seikilos is one of the few preserved compositions of ancient Greek music. It is engraved into a grave pillar that was found 1883in Aydin in Turkey and is dated between 200 BC and 100 AD.
On the tombstone is an indication that the music composition and poem were composed and written by one Seikilos, for his wife, who
presumably is buried there. The opening epitaph states:
I am a portrait in stone.
 I was put here by Seikilos, 
 where I remain forever, the
 symbol of timeless remembrance.
The find has been dated variously from around 200 BC to around AD 100.While older western music with notation exists (for example the 
Delphic Hymns), all of it is in fragments; the Seikilos epitaph is 
unique in that it is a complete, though short, composition. 

Here is the poster’s excerpt on the Song of Seikilos.

This video features my arrangement for solo lyre, of "The Song of Seikilos"- unique in musical history, as it is the only piece of music from antiquity in the entire Western world, that has SO far been found, which has survived in its COMPLETE form, and unlike much earlier surviving fragments of melodies that have been found, this song is written in a totally unambiguous ALPHABETICAL musical notation, which can be played, note for note, as it was written...2000 YEARS AGO!

This melody is an amazing musical legacy from ancient Greece; a precious remnant of a long-forgotten musical culture now forever lost in the mists of time...

In this version, I have tried to utilize EVERY conceivable lyre-playing technique I could think of, which may have also been used in Antiquity! This is also a far more lively rendition - I have recently learnt that "The Song of Sekilos" is, in fact a DRINKING SONG!(What a GREAT idea of the ancient Greeks to put a drinking song on a TOMBSTONE - I want one to be on MINE!!).

Although much older music has been found (& which I have had a go at recreating on some of my other Youtube uploads), all that remains are either just pitiful fragments of the melodies, or the way the melodies have been notated in ancient times have SO many modern interpretations that the actual melody is still mostly academic guess work.

About 2000 years after it was written, this melody was rediscovered in 1883, in its complete & original form. It was found inscribed in marble on an ancient Greek burial stele, bearing the following epitaph: "I am a portrait in stone. I was put here by Seikilos, where I remain forever, the symbol of timeless remembrance".

The words of the song are:

"Hoson zes, phainou 
Meden holos su lupou; 
Pros oligon esti to zen 
To telos ho chronos apaitei" 
(While you live, shine 
Don't suffer anything at all; 
Life exists only a short while 
And time demands its toll) 


Pretty interesting, huh?

Till next time…

David (CaliDingo)



How To Interesting Find

How to Coil Your Cables, All Proper-like.

tangled cables


Came across this little video via Bobby Owsinksi’s blog. For many, many years I was coiling my cables the wrong way and suffering for it every time I went to uncoil them and use them. You see, if done properly you can uncoil your cables  and have no tangles, snags, etc. This is not only efficient when going to mic up a cabinet or whatever, it also removes frustration, or as I call it.. the cable woes.

Me and cables have an ongoing feud and always have. I hate cables. Almost as much as I hate paper (I’m a digital guy). Their both messy and and cause tons of frustration and chaos at points. But, this little knowledge of how to coil a cable, helps reduce the headache and is one more weapon to use against my nemesis, the cable.

Without further ado, check it out.

Thanks for watching.

Till then…

David (Cali Dingo)




Interesting Find Video

$500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway? What Are This??


Yes, you read the title correctly. AIMS Education Foundation is giving away a $500 Amazon Gift Card or one of three $250 Amazon Gift Cards to some lucky teacher. I plug this because of three reasons:

1. I’m in the marketing video. Yes, I’m shamelessly plugging my acting talents on my own blog. Get over it. 🙂

2. I work for AIMS Education Foundation and couldn’t be prouder. AIMS is a non-profit organization that is changing the way educators teach and students learn.

3. How else will YOU have a chance to enter and win if you don’t know about it?

So, check out this video, head over to the survey and get yourself signed up to win one heckuva prize.

Oh, and I’m the guy on the left handing the candy bar.

Bon Courage!

Till next time…

David (Cali Dingo)



Animation Interesting Find Video

Flaming Lips Animation

Micah Buzan


The animator of this piece is Micah Buzan a local in Kansas whom my brother met not  too long back in a life drawing class. His animation is all hand drawn and has a very ethereal, esoteric feel to it. Reminds me of a mash up of 70s experimental animation and 30s Disney.

At any rate, he apparently won some contest to make an animation to go with the Flaming Lips song “Look… The Sun Is Rising”. I’m taken aback at how much synchronization he has to use on something like this. According to the description, this is the result of over 2000 drawings. wow. At any rate, he’s quite talented and thinks a lot differently than I. Enjoy.

Till next time….

David (Cali Dingo)



Behind the Scenes Interesting Find

How A Neumann U87 Mic Is Made

Neumann Mic


There is one name in microphones that many audio engineers find to be THE mic maker of all mic makers. It is Neumann.  I, personally, have never been blessed enough to work with any of their mics, but from what I gather they are pretty darn sweet. I recently had an email conversation with my brother who informed me that there are sites out there where one can learn how to make your very own Neumann mic at a very affordable price. I have heard of many people making their own microphones, but have never thought of doing so for myself. I’m still not quite that interested, because I’m not really handy with a soldering iron, but… who knows.. perhaps down the road. It definitely beats paying money I don’t have in order to get one.

With that said, I came across a video of a real Neumann U87 being made. This appears to be an old “behind the scenes” type video they produced some years ago, but it is fascinating if nothing else as to how many steps, people and parts go into making any microphone, let alone a Neumann mic. I found it very interesting and thought perhaps you would too.


Till next time…

David (Cali Dingo)