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Lyre 2.0

“In the deep still woods upon the Thracian mountains, Orpheus with his singing lyre led the trees, led the wild beasts of the wilderness.” – Orpheus and Eurydice.

Have you ever wondered about the sound of an ancient lyre when you read mythology and ancient hymns?
Reviving a lost sound, Lyre 2.0 rebuilds and recreates the ancient Greek Lyre based on ancient sources, depictions on amphorae and limited but valuable archaeological finds. The latest 3D technology allows Lyre 2.0 to replace real tortoise shells with synthetics materials. The rest of the Lyre is built using only materials available during the antiquity such as leather for the soundboard, metal for the tailpiece, animal’s guts for the strings and wood for the arms. More than a musical instrument, Lyre 2.0 symbolise the harmony of cultural heritage and technological advancement.

  1. Challenge Tackled
    • Familiarise musicians and music lovers by bringing to light a revived version of the ancient Greek lyre and its sounds and create music. The “Lyre 2.0 Project” was developed from a MSc thesis. From the very start, it received a lot of attention and endorsements in both academic and entrepreneurship conferences.  

  2. Target group, beneficiaries or clients
    • Musicians, culture professionals, educators, music teachers, composers, collector

  3. Solution
    • A reinvented version of the ancient Greek lyre that was only seen in depictions in ancient Greek clay pottery (there is no saved version of the actual instrument). 
  4. Innovation
    • The use of AI and 3D printing for developing the prototype and all the instruments thereafter, as well as the use of exclusively natural materials such as wood (maple etc.), natural glues, animal bones, and leather.

  5. Unique Selling Point
    • SEIKILO is the cultural space where everything happens (exhibition of the instruments, testing, small concerts, but also wine tasting, singing and dancing all around the culture and the sounds of the lyre).

  6. Impact
    • The workshop has produced many versions of the original prototype to cater for the various needs of contemporary musicians. 

  7. Feasibility/Transferability
    • The instruments create unique sounds and they are also fully operable for both playing and composing music.

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