Digging Up Digital Music

The Computing Machine Laboratory in Manchester, England, led by logician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing, was at the vanguard of the birth of the computer age. Lesser known among the many innovations to come out of the lab are the first melodies generated by computer—a founding artifact of the age of digital music—which were recently analyzed and restored.

Archaeology
Digging Up Digital Music
“We never knew it sounded wrong until we heard it right.”
March/April 2017

Seeing Beauty in the Mundane

In a shed in Idaho, traces of the life and artwork of a celebrated self-taught, or outsider, artist have emerged. James Castle spent decades invested only in his bold, enigmatic art.

Archaeology
Seeing Beauty in the Mundane
Looking for traces of a celebrated but unusual artist in suburban Idaho
January/February 2017

December 7, 1941

Based on a reporting and diving trip to Hawaii, this special feature examines the underwater archaeology of the Attack on Pearl Harbor on its 75th anniversary, from the wreck of USS Arizona, to Japanese midget subs, to a lone American seaplane.

Archaeology 
December 7, 1941
The underwater archaeology of the attack on Pearl Harbor
January/February 2017

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