I’ve been away for a while, poncing around in Switzerland. In between burning my back to a crisp and getting stung in a very painful place by a wasp (lets just say it couldn’t happen to a woman), I’ve actually been doing a bit of journalism for a online magaine called international Science Grid This Week, based at CERN.
If you’ve never heard of it, grid computing is a cool way for computers to share processing power remotely (in the same way that the World Wide Web allows people to share information remotely).
Anyway, heres the first few paragraphs of an article I’ve written about a project called The Lost Sounds Orchestra. In a nutshell its about a real-life orchestra which consists of dead musical instruments, the sounds of which have been recreated using complex computer modelling. Its pretty cool stuff.
Last September, iSGTW reported upon the return of the “epigonion,” an ancient Greek wooden stringed instrument resembling a harp. Ancient instruments can be lost because they are too difficult to build, or too difficult to play, but the epigonion was heard again after ASTRA (Ancient instruments Sound/Timbre Reconstruction Application) recreated its sound using grid-enabled computer modeling.
More ancient instruments are to be heard soon, after the organization’s official Lost Sounds Orchestra finishes its preparations for a unique performance towards the end of this summer.
It should include a whole host of other lost instruments, including the barbiton (an ancient base guitar), the syrinx (a pan flute), an ancient lower Mediterranean frame drum, the salpinx (a kind of ancient trumpet) and the aulos (an ancient oboe).
You can read the rest here if thats sparked your interest.