Letterlocking was a method of securing written communication, without the need for an envelope, by carefully folding the letter in a specific pattern and inserting locking elements. Mary Queen of Scots was a prime practitioner of this technique, using an intricate spiral lock for her final letter. Letterlocking became obsolete in the 1830s with the introduction of envelopes and sealing wax, yet the technique has recently been revived due to the Signed, Sealed and Undelivered project, which has unlocked a 17th century letter using advanced x-ray technology. Read full article here
Why Do Modern Pop Songs Have So Many Credited Writers?
The music industry has changed dramatically over the last few decades – with the number of songwriters credited on number one hits more than doubling. This is due to a combination of factors, including money, the computer and a changing definition of what songwriting is. For example, if The Beatles’ classic “I Feel Fine” was released today, it would likely have four writers credited instead of two, due to the influence of producers, samples and interpolations. With the rise of lawsuits, artists now preemptively add songwriter credits to their songs, even if the similarities between their song and the source material are coincidental. It all goes to show that the music industry is becoming more complex and competitive. Read full article here