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How was the sound of an ancient Greek instrument?

Ancient Greeks adored music. This is obvious from their decision to create the myth of Apollo, god of music, the Muses and even the myth of the poet Orpheus. For ancient Greeks music was something divine. We also know they were creating and using several musical instruments. We can see those instruments in various representations in frescos and ancient Greek vases. Although, until today there are quite a few original artifacts, the research on the sound they produced is not extended.

The program MNESIAS is being continued in cooperation with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Piraeus and the Ephorate of Antiquities of west Attica, who have in their possession some of these instruments, and together with our company and the Speech and Accessibility Laboratory of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens the aim is to develop useful tools and applications which will help museum personnel do their own musical compositions and changes in the 3D model of each ancient Greek instrument and visitors discover and use the sounds of these instruments through an educative app.

DIADRASIS is responsible for the creation of the applications that are right now in the process of being created.

We are in the initial design period of the application for the museum personnel. As you can see from the photo the final product will have digital models of ancient Greek instruments and will offer the possibility to the museum to “play” with them.

Pushing the holes of the instrument the application will play the sound which the real instrument would have made. More than that there will be the possibility to change the physical characteristics of the digital instrument.

The change of data will automatically create a new different sound. It will be a smart tool which will give new possibilities to the research of the ancient Greek instruments.

At some point the design of the educative app for visitors will also start.

In the phase of development is also the logo, which will be based on the most famous instrument of the Antiquity, the lyre. Here you can see the possible designs.