Archaeology and virtual acoustics. A pan flute from ancient Egypt

Federico Avanzini, Sergio Canazza, Giovanni De Poli, Carlo Fantozzi, Niccolò Pretto, Antonio Rodà, Ivana Angelini, Cinzia Bettineschi, Giulia Deotto, Emanuela Faresin, Alessandra Menegazzi, Gianmario Molin, Giuseppe Salemi, Paola Zanovello

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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 and materials 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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Conference in Sound and Music Computing, SMC 2015
PublisherMusic Technology Research Group, Department of Computer Science, Maynooth University
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780992746629
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event12th International Conference on Sound and Music Computing, SMC 2015 - Maynooth, Ireland
Duration: Jul 30 2015Aug 1 2015


Other12th International Conference on Sound and Music Computing, SMC 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Media Technology


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