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  incl. instrumental - 392
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Have you ever wondered about the ways that mankind used to pass its Music onto posterity?

Prior to musical sign invention - only via memory: from mouths to ears.

Later - on paper.

Church hymns of the first centuries of Christianity weren't recorded at all, but were memorized by hearing, as in course of divine worships they were sung by the whole community. The head of the choir via his gestures conducted singers on the temp and tones of the melody. This continued until the Byzantine church did not adopt a system called nevma notation. It was less accurate in terms of pitch positions, but rather intuitive and had a development potential. The term neuma originated, according to one version, from the Greek neuma that meant "sign", "nod of the head or by eyes," according to another version - from pneuma that meant "breathing", "whiff". Signs of nevma system designated not the diapason and the duration of sounds, but the direction of voice movement. Some signs corresponded to one sound or music course, others showed the presence of the whole abstract peculiar to a particular tune. It is assumed that they originated from a graphical system of Hellenic Alexandria accentuation, which used a variety of signs indicating the types of accents in Greek: acute, obtuse and lightweight. In liturgical books neumas were inscribed in the top of the text.    »

In the Middle Ages - hurdy-gurdy, mechanical music machines. Since the end of the 19th - wax cylinders, then - discs. Vinyls, in fact, were in demand almost until the end of the 20th century. Since the mid '50s - up to the end of the 20th century - magnetic tapes.

And here is my question:
- Why vinyls and tapes coexisted for forty years side by side, being both in demand?

- preservation of records on magnetic tapes was sufficiently better, as magnetic perception was less damaging. After just a half-month period discs started to hiss and crackle because of mechanical contact between needle and plastic. After a dozen or so playbacks the micro-wearout of vinyl, alas, was inevitable;

- plus, any owner of a tape recorder had an opportunity to arrange one's personal playlists in own tapes and cassettes.

Nevertheless tapes did not win!!!

The reason is that on the disc the desired track can be found within a second - a cartridge needle may be placed in the beginning, in the middle or in its end. Manufacturers of tape recorders tried to add in their best models some bells-&-whistles such as counters, determinants of blank spaces etc. But they all did not work, to be honest.

Sometimes a vinyl-disc navigation is even more convenient that the one in many current digital players, where playlists are scanned successively, without possibility to jump up 5-6 positions.

CD era catched discs up to a higher level. Convenient WinAMP interfaces allow to find fast the tracks you desire, listen recordings in a random order, to repeat playback, move from disc to disc without pausing (for example, mp3 format allows to place a dozen vinyl discs into a single 700mb ingot with a quite good bit rate).

DVDs multiplied it seven-fold, i.e. into one ingot it can be crammed up to seven dozens vinyl discs.

And how should you occupy your eyes when your ears are geared (and hopefully your soul as well, if an opus touches some tender strings inwards)?

WinAMP offers sine waves, colourful flickers and other computer visual background that quite soon starts to annoy.

I wasn't satisfied with this "option for lazy-bones" and decided to combine the ability of prompt audio-track searching with the video documentaries filmed by best cameramen.

You can navigate in my relax discs both via menus and via buttons NEXT and PREV: track by track.

In DVD-projects 1920x1080 videos are converted to 720x576 ones, that can be viewed at any household DVD-player, while BluRay discs (they are picked out by red background in my listing) let you watch along the 1920x1080 full HD.

One my disc contains 45-70 minutes of vocal tracks and 3 instrumental pieces.

I am glad to suggest you a demo fragment of my #117 relax disc: You Are Not Alone by peerless Mavis Staples with video background by brilliant BBC cameramen from the crew of Patrick Morris and Neil Nightingale: