Ancient Barbiton instrument played for the first time in two thousand years at GÉANT Launch Event
14 December 2009 | Cambridge, UK
The sound of the Barbiton, an ancient Greek instrument similar to the double bass, has been heard for the first time in 2,000 years, due to the power of research networking.
Recreated by the ASTRA (Ancient instruments Sound/Timbre Reconstruction Application) project, using computer modelling technology and the high-bandwidth pan-European GÉANT and EUMEDCONNECT networks, the Barbiton took part in a unique inter-continental concert earlier this month as part of the GÉANT Launch Event in Stockholm, Sweden. It was joined by another ancient Greek musical instrument, the harp-like Epigonion which was first heard again in 2008.
Accompanied by percussion, the instruments were played by the Lost Sounds Orchestra, following melodies from a musical score written by Dr Domenico Vicinanza of DANTE, the organisation that operates the GÉANT and TEIN3 networks. The background music underpinning the melodies was based upon network traffic flows in the GÉANT and Asia-Pacific TEIN3 networks, converted into sound through a “data sonification” process developed by Dr Vicinanza, which converts seismic data into sound-waves.
The music was sent 9,300 km from the venue in Stockholm across the GÉANT and TEIN3 research networks to provide music for dancers from the Arts Exchange of Asia, allowing them to perform to the music at a simultaneous event in Kuala Lumpur, the ASEM (ASIA-Europe Meeting) workshop Gala Dinner.
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