A large number of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments are scattered in museums of Greece and abroad. Song and music were a big part of the rich Ancient Greek culture.
However, the research on the sound recordings of these instruments is poor both in national and international level. Thus, it is impossible for the visitor to approach even to the slightest how such an instrument could sound.
The purpose of the MNESIAS project is to study, develop and test with real users, easy-to-use, IT tools and applications through which:
a) Museologists will have the opportunity to create Acoustic Virtual Musical Instruments that will produce the sound of a specific ancient instrument.
b) Will enrich the experience of the local or online museum visitor and enhance it with the digital reconstruction of the sound produced by each specific exhibit when it was in use. At the same moment the visitor in real time will be able to interact and produce his own music.
c) The innovative know-how produced by the research will be promoted to the companies and will contribute to the improvement of their competitiveness, facilitating their entry into new markets.
The "Mnesias" application is for computer (pc), internet (web) and mobile (mobile) devices The user of the application has the ability to use it in real time and find out in which Museum there are the respective exhibits of the musical instruments. Depending on the settings that will be chosen by each visitor, the appropriate sounds will be played.
The two museums that have the original findings of the ancient musical instruments represented in the application are the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus and the Archaeological Museum of Megara.
The user will be able to select the musical instrument of his choice and then "play" with its characteristics by selecting the sound tube that wants to load the corresponding sounds, ie Heavy or Acid. The user will be able to make some more modifications thus giving him the opportunity to understand in depth how these instruments worked.
The application has been uploaded and is available for Android and iOS. Here are some pictures with the interface of the application.