Art Schop

Contemporary rock that's "a mixture of Murder Ballads, Songs from a Room, and Hunky Dory."

The Lycurgus Cup Podcast

When studying past times, it's fascinating to discover that issues or preoccupations that we consider "modern" had urgency thousands of years ago.  This was the impulse behind the Wolfswork album, which circled the theme of income inequality and its resulting catastrophic effects.  Lycurgus, who played the main character in Wolfswork, founded the Spartan city state in response to the widening gap between rich and poor in the once seemingly invincible power and wealth of the Greek empire. (Given Greece's current economic woes, shouldn't we pay attention to the reports of unprecedented income inequality here in the US?)

Today I came across a similarly fascinating scientific repetition -- nanotechnology.  I'd thought that nanotechnology (referring to distances in the region of 10 to the minus 9 meters) was new.  But it turns out that the ancient Romans were using it.  And the proof is in something called the Lycurgus Cup.  Infused with tiny particles of gold and silver, the Lycurgus Cup changes colors depending on how the light hits it and what it contains.

The British museum blog has some great detail and pictures. http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2014/04/30/the-lycurgus-cup-transformation-in-glass/

Poor Lycurgus came to a sorry end according to the carvings.

 
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Filming at The Magic Shop 

Today we were filming an interview at The Magic Shop in SOHO all about the upcoming album - Death Waits I. (Also got some live performance footage with Jimi Zhivago on his pump organ and yours truly on piano.)  Many thanks to John Bosch for filming, and The Magic Shop for hosting.

Art Schop Live 

Art Schop is getting ready to play live in the New York City area this spring and summer.  Our first gig is at The Rock Shop on May 14.  Come join us!
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