About the Name

At least one person must have had pondered about the significance of the name of this blog. The name ‘malleus&incus’ may at first seem rather bombastic or grandiloquent, but it does have some significance.

The malleus and incus are two small bones in the inner ear. Their names are derived from their shapes: malleus and incus are latin for hammer and anvil respectively. Though the bones may not look exactly like their etymological equivalent, the fact that these structures exist so close together within the human body is intriguing, at the very least. Physiologically, the malleus is responsible for transferring sound vibrations from the eardrum to the incus, which in turn transmits to the stapes (latin for stirrup – which is cool, but including it would make out blog’s name extremely long).

Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

This transmission of sound combined with the literal roles of the hammer and anvil describes our aim as a blog. We hope to provide the tool and the stage for you to have the option of shaping your musical tastes – if the songs and artists we cover resonate with your own malleus & incus. In hopes of making this possible, the writers for this blog will present a very diverse array of music, hopefully providing something that everyone will enjoy if they keep their ears open.


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  1. Sam said, on August 18, 2010 at 11:35 am


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