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Music Engineering, 2nd Edition by Richard Brice

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Bits ‘n’ Pieces – Digital Audio

Why digital?

After 332 BC, when the Greeks – under Alexander the Great – took control of Egypt, Greek replaced Ancient Egyptian as the official language of the land of the Nile and gradually the knowledge of how to write and read hieroglyphs was lost. Only in 1799 – after a period of two thousand years – was the key to deciphering this ancient written language found following the discovery of the Rosetta stone. Why was this knowledge lost? It seems pretty inconceivable that a whole culture could just whither away. My guess is, the Egyptian scribes knew they were beaten. Greek writing was based on a written alphabet – a limited number of symbols doing duty for a whole language. Far better then than the seven ...

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