Soroyama, 1979. From 50 Watts.
I had one of these growing up and I was such shit at it I literally have never heard one used for anything other than plonky, labored renditions of ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ in my living room. This is gorgeous.
I feel that things like this are posted so often with no historical information and I think that’s pretty damaging even if it’s unintentional. It just contributes to the erasure of non-western societies and their cultures.
The Kalimba is an African instrument common throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and it’s also known as the “sansa” and “mbira”. It was typically played while walking by traveling “griots” who keep the history of the tribe or village and for entertainment purposese. And get this: the wood or bamboo-tiled instruments were first invented 3000 years ago! And the metal-tiled ones appeared in the Zambezi River Valley 1,300 years ago. There’s so much history behind this instrument and it’s an injustice to the those whose culture it originates from to post about it and never once mention them. Anyway this is just tiny bit of the history I felt like adding from the wiki page, and the entire thing it very interesting so I’d encourage you to read it all!
An Edit a Day ⚜ Benedict Cumberbatch ⚜ [253/?]
First it’s massive tension and then exultation as Gene Kranz and the NASA controllers at mission control in Houston monitor the successful return of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission on April 17, 1970. (NASA)
Illuminated Code from Space - Macrocosm and Microcosm by Haari Tesla
An experiment with images of space with tilt shift which resulted in nebulae, galaxies, and supernovae transformed into microorganisms.
Macrocosm and microcosm is an ancient Greek Neo-Platonic schema of seeing the same patterns reproduced in all levels of the cosmos, from the largest all the way down to the smallest scale.
Saturn’s rings are viewed edge-on by Cassini with the rings’ shadows cast against Saturn’s clouds. Ice moon Enceladus makes a cameo.