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An orchestra of lost instruments

Когато звукът е не просто механична вълна

An orchestra of lost instruments

Postby iliev » 21 Oct 2009, 16:28

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/ ... ts-revived
Get ready to hear the sound of an epigonion, a phormix, an aulos and a bit of driving barbiton

Ian Sample, Science correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Monday 7 September 2009 17.59 BST

An orchestra of ancient instruments, many of which exist only in paintings and yellowing manuscripts, will perform its first concert at the end of the year.

Many of the instruments have not been heard since the times of Socrates in the fifth century BC, though some of the instruments date back even further, to the bronze age a thousand years earlier.

Scientists are reconstructing the sounds of the instruments, including the earliest predecessors of the bass guitar, harp and oboe, by building mathematical models of them on computers, using descriptions in ancient texts and paintings on artefacts recovered from archaeological sites in Greece.
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Researchers on the project have already recreated the sound of an instrument called the epigonion, the earliest form of harp, which was commonly played in Greece around 430BC. A real epigonion has never been unearthed.

The team used a beefed-up internet network called Géant to harness computing power from centres around the world. With this, they could work out how each of the 40 strings of the instrument would sound when plucked in 127 different ways, from softly to hard.

Domenico Vicinanza, who works of the project at the Cambridge-based company Danté, said researchers created software to replicate every characteristic of the instrument, which was built from pig-gut strings and a hollow wooden soundboard.

"By reconstructing these ancient instruments we are claiming back the music we have lost to the past," Vicinanza said. "We know the grandchildren of these instruments, but these are the mothers and fathers."

The epigonion has a sound somewhere between a harp and a harpsichord, though Vicinanza describes the sound as more crisp.

On a standard computer, the work would have taken an estimated 2,700 hours, but took only 10 hours using computers linked by the second generation internet network.

The team is now recreating a collection of other ancient instruments, including the phormix, a lyre-type instrument from 1,580BC, an early form of oboe called an aulos, and the barbiton, ancestor to the bass guitar.

In performance, the orchestra will plug into a computer network that will convert their music into sounds created by the ancient instruments.

guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2009

Имах щастието да работя с Доменико известно време и бяха наистина хубави времена (е, преди да се намесят... разни).
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Re: An orchestra of lost instruments

Postby iliev » 21 Oct 2009, 17:43

Между другото, Доменико е член на нашите форуми... :)
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