Thursday, November 15, 2007

It's Good To Be The King (Of Kings)!

According to Giovanni Maria Pala
, an Italian computer tech, Leonardo Da Vinci hid a musical composition in "The Last Supper." The painting depicts JC and the 12 disciples at JC's last meal before his arrest and subsequent crucifixion. Pala argues that each loaf of bread represents a musical note, and that when a staff is drawn across the table, a few measures of music can be found.

The music is said to sound like a requiem. Another site had the piece up briefly before taking it down for unknown reasons, and it has a definite dirge-like quality to it.

I'm skeptical of the find. The brain locates patterns everywhere regardless of whether or not such a pattern exists. And besides, with all the restoration efforts made to the painting, the odds of survival of such a space-sensitive encoding seems unlikely. On top of it, how does he know how long to hold each note for? Is it a full measure of trombone for a pita and a couple beats of oud for a rye cracker? Don't get me wrong; I'd love for LDV to be a total genius who packed every cranny of his paintings with random crap for future peoples to discover, but this seems a little wooly.

But hey, even if this does pan out, Jonny G. and I have put together a mix you can use to get down with JC and his crew.

Download: Nirvana - "Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam" (Vaselines cover)
Download: St. Vincent - "Jesus Saves, I Spend"
Download: Modest Mouse - "Jesus Christ Was An Only Child"
Download: Soundgarden - "Jesus Christ Pose"
Download: Apostle Of Hustle - "National Anthem Of Nowhere"
Download: Wilco - "Jesus Etc"
Download: Beuluh - "Me And Jesus Don't Talk Anymore"
Download: Tom Waits - "Chocolate Jesus"
Download: Tori Amos - "God"
Download: Vertical Horizon - "You're a God"
Download: Vertical Horizon - "Elvis 'MF' Christ"
Download: Johnny Cash - "Personal Jesus" (Depeche Mode Cover)
Download: Slayer - "Jesus Saves"
Download: Pelle Carlberg - "How I Broke My Foot And Met Jesus"
Download: Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Savior"
Download: Wild Sweet Orange - "Wrestle With God"

(April Wright and Jonathan Graef)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

*Gasp* How could you leave of Jesus Built my Hot Rod

11:22 AM  
Blogger Punk Rockers And Scandals said...

how can you forget


4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jesus i was evil: darcy clay

cool tune

5:40 PM  
Blogger Allen said...

What no Jesus in a Campervan?

3:34 PM  

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