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AWESOME THING OF THE DAY: The History Of Music… In GIF Form
November 24, 2012
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The internet has given us many things over the years. Memes. Chat forums. An endless flow of sometimes useless, sometimes amazing information.

It also gave us a new place to talk about and share music... And it gave us the GIF.

Now there's a site that combines those last two things in brilliant ways.

It's called Music History in GIFs, and it's just that: a survey of mid- to late-twentieth century music, as told through a series of amazing, 8-bit-style GIFs.

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The site was created by Josh Carrafa, who is a musician himself (he's a member of Brooklyn prog-punk band Old Monk).


It features an (indie-leaning) look at the last 50 or so years of popular music (starting with The Beatles' appearance on the Ed Sullivan show).

Each GIF is accompanied by a little bit of text explaining that moment in music history, plus a link or two so you can get educated.


As awesome as the animations are, it's also a great way to do a little musical time travelling. If you've got some time to kill, visit the site and get lost in the awesomeness.


And if you don't know what a GIF is, it's really just an image format for a picture (like a JPEG).

Nowadays, GIF has become shorthand for the kind of images on this page: a simple animation made up of a series of images.

The GIF (it stands for Graphics Interchange Format) was first introduced by CompuServe way back in 1987, but it's become really popular in the last few years.

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In fact, the Oxford Dictionaries named "GIF" as its Word of the Year for 2012 (at least in the U.S. - Britain's Word is "omnishambles").


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