This feature explores a creative collaboration between composer, musician and academic Michael Atherton and leading Australian instrument maker, Harry Vatiliotis.
When they met Harry had already made a set of ancient Greek instruments and, with Michael, he has designed and made a set of Egyptian wind, string and percussion instruments informed by line drawings and pieces housed in museums.
What did these ancient musics sound like? How were the instruments tuned?
This conversation follows Harry's progress on a modification to one of Michael's harps, punctuated with the arrival of visitors and hospitable interruptions from Harry's wife Maria and George, the cat.
With recordings made during the Songs of The Wind Festival in The Jenolan Caves, and music from two CDs, ANKH: The Sound of Ancient Egypt, and Melismos.
By Jane Ulman and Russell Stapleton
Musicians: Michael Atherton, Mina Kanaridis and Philip South
Readers: Linda Cropper and Theoni Chryssan
Production by Jane Ulman and Russell Stapleton
The trio Melismos recorded by the ABC at the Jenolan Caves during the Songs of the Wind Festival.
The trio Melismos recorded at the ABC in Sydney for The Music Show in July 2000:
Hymn to Nemesis
Composer: Michael Atherton
Tecmessa's Lament on the Death of Ajax
Tracks from the CD ANKH: The Sound of Ancient Egypt
Celestial Harmonies 13174-2.