News Headlines for Saturday by Ariel David
Musical Code Found in Da Vinci Painting
By ARIEL DAVID, AP Posted: 2007-11-09 18:47:48
Filed Under: Science News, World News
ROME (Nov. 9) – It’s a new Da Vinci code, but this time it could be for real. An Italian musician and computer technician claims to have uncovered musical notes encoded in Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper,” raising the possibility that the Renaissance genius might have left behind a somber composition to accompany the scene depicted in the 15th-century wall painting.
“It sounds like a requiem,” Giovanni Maria Pala said. “It’s like a soundtrack that emphasizes the passion of Jesus.”
Painted from 1494 to 1498 in Milan’s Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the “Last Supper” vividly depicts a key moment in the Gospel narrative: Jesus’ last meal with the 12 Apostles before his arrest and crucifixion, and the shock of Christ’s followers as they learn that one of them is about to betray him.
More Musical Codes Found in Art
by Walter Web, EP Rabbit’s Foot, Arizona
After some research I found that this is not the only instance of finding musical codes in art. Here are some other instances not publicized but just as important:
Artist, Benito Pastability, a sculptor, has found evidence of another musical piece based on Rodin’s “The Thinker.” He has diagrammed a musical score from the various points of the sculpture and played them on a synthesizer. “It sounds a lot like Boy George from Culture Club,” he commented, humming the tune “Where Did Our Love Go.”
In another related development Michelangelo’s extensive painting on the Sistine Chapel ceiling was analyzed and a computer programmer from Austria, Hans Zimmerfish, has come up with more hidden musical codes. Zimmerfish explains that he spent 12 years toiling and has come up with a 30 second score that mimics exactly Edwin Starr’s “War, What Is It Good For?” “The phrase, ‘absolutely nothin, say it again,’ can be heard over and over distinctly,” commented Zimmerfish.
The infamous “Noah’s Ark” painting by Edward Hicks has completely established a musical pattern by Alfred Aquatic of Auckland, New Zealand. “It is without a doubt the most amazing of all the discoveries as even though the painting was finished in 1840’s if turned upside down and slightly angled to the right, shows a rudimentary musical scoring of James Cameron’s Titanic theme, “My Heart Will Go On,” but the more incredible discovery is that when it is tilted to the left produces “There’s Got To Be A Morning After” the theme to the original “Poseidon Adventure,” by Maureen McGovern.
In Bivalve, New Jersey a researcher has duplicated all the exact cuts for the points of the infamous “Hope Diamond” and using a custom computer program has uncovered another musical mystery. It seems when David Diablo had spun the diamond simulation counterclockwise at exactly 33.3 RPM, he recorded something that one can hear the as the words “I Bury Paul.” His research ended when he mysteriously “got blisters on his fingers” and fell off a calliope to his death.
And lastly, Yuri Dickulous from an unknown village in Republic of Kazakhstan has discovered that “Whistler’s Mother,” that famous painting by James Whistler was encoded with what he describes as a melody that exactly duplicates the theme from the movie “Deliverance.” Further research showed James had an explorer brother named Louis, an avid canoist.