What did ancient Babylonian songs sound like?
January 6, 2015 12:48 PM Subscribe
But how does one reincarnate music that no human voice has uttered for millennia? Conner says a key step was to really understand the language. She carefully studied historical analysis of the stresses and intonations of Babylonian and Sumerian for hints as to how it may have sounded, and researched how language is converted into music in similar Semitic languages.The Lyre Ensemble—singer and composer Stef Conner, ancient-lyre-builder and lyrist Andy Lowings, and engineer and harpist Mark Harmer—breathe life into ancient Babylonian and Sumerian literature and poetry.
The ensemble has released four songs (via Newsweek) and a part teaser, part making-of video from The Flood. (Warning: haunting, autoplaying music.)
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