Did you know.....

bob marley
  • The term " reggae" was invented by Toots, of the band Toots and The Maytals. Toots said the reggae stood for " regular" people.
  • Two of the great names in reggae are Bob Marley and UB40, but lots of other musicians have used the reggae beat in their songs, including:
    • Paul Simon "Mother and Child reunion"
    • Stevie Wonder "Master Blaster"
    • Blondie "The Tide is High"
    • Boy George "Everything I own"
    • Police "Don't Stand so close to me"
  • Throughout his career Bob Marley used the same old battered cherry coloured Gibson guitar (see it here). In this picture he is seen playing a black Gibson Les Paul - like the one I have drawn as a GarageBand Graphic. Click here to view.
Downloading Music
So you think downloading music from the Internet via a phone line is a really cool modern thing? Not so. In 1896, Thaddeus Cahill filed a patent on the "art of and apparatus for generating and distributing music electronically" and until 1914 he fed music signals down AT&T's telephone lines with his Telharmoniums apparatus. And he wasn't even the first. Elisha Grey transmitted music over a telephone line in 1876 - the same year the telephone was invented. Grey invented the first electronic music instrument in 1874, calling it the "Musical Telegraph."

Alexander Graham Bell also designed an experimental "Electric Harp" for speech transmission over a telephone line using similar technology to Gray's. Bell also was a teacher of speech to the deaf. In 1879 he created an audiometer to detect hearing loss. That is why the degrees of loudness came to be measured in bels or decibels.
keep it down in the garage please
that the racket was a medieval instrument? A medieval instrument of torture, some would say, as it produces an extremely loud and penetrating sound.
Details: it is a directly blown double reed instruments with a cylindrical bore that is folded up nine times in a wooden cylinder.
Did you know...
The dog on "His Master's Voice" label is Nipper, a stray fox terrier found in 1884 by the brother of the guy who painted the picture of the dog listening to a gramophone, Francis Barraud. Barraud inherited Nipper from his brother and was busy painting a phonograph when Nipper sat down next to it.
Barraud later sold the paintings to The Gramophone Company for $160. "His Master's Voice" was registered as trademark with the United States Patent Office in 1900. The Victor Recording Company, and later RCA Victor used the Nipper logo.

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