Archaeology And Virtual Acoustics. A Pan Flute From Ancient Egypt

Publication Type:

Conference Paper

Source:

The 12th Sound and Music Computing Conference, Music Technology Research Group, Dept. of Computer Science, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland (2015)

ISBN:

9-7809-92746629

URL:

http://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/smc15/

Keywords:

3D scanning, Archaeoacoustics, Interactive multimedia installations, Virtual instruments

Abstract:

This paper presents the early developments of a recently started research project, aimed at studying from a multidisciplinary perspective an exceptionally well preserved
ancient pan flute. A brief discussion of the history and iconography of pan flutes is provided, with a focus on Classical Greece. Then a set of non-invasive analyses are presented, which are based on 3D scanning andmaterials chemistry, and are the starting point to inspect the geometry, construction, age and geographical origin of the instrument. Based on the available measurements, a preliminary analysis of the instrument tuning is provided, which is also informed with elements of theory of ancient Greek music. Finally, the paper presents current work aimed at realizing
an interactive museum installation that recreates a virtual flute and allows intuitive access to all these research facets.
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