Martin Scorsese’s Art of Silence

Even though Martin Scorsese is famous for his use of music, one of his best traits is his deliberate and powerful use of silence. Take a glimpse at fifty years of this simple technique from one of cinema’s masters in a short video from Tony Zhou. Read more...

Soviet Era Vinyl Bootlegs Pressed onto X-Rays

During the 1950s, resourceful folks in the Soviet Union would overcome media censorship in an ingenious way. With the help of a special device, banned bootlegged jazz and rock ‘n’ roll records were “pressed” on thick x-rays and then cut into discs. “They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole,” says author Anya von Bremzen. “You’d have Elvis on the lungs, Duke Ellington on Aunt Masha’s brain scan — forbidden Western music captured on the interiors of Soviet citizens.” Read more...