The main purpose of this site, is to present sound samples and information about a project which intends to make audio documents derived from Ancient Egypt available to the public:

- Sounds of ancient instruments belonging to the collections of the museums of Cairo and the Louvre that have been recorded on the spot.

- Short musical improvisations on these instruments.

- Sound trials bringing together sounds of original instruments, songs of vowels performed within the natural acoustics of some monuments of Ancient Egypt and varied other unprecedented creations.

Most of these recordings were carried out with a professional audio equipment between 1987 and 1997; a CD might follow and come out in the second semester 2001.


Ancient Egypt left numerous pieces of evidence, which bring up, still today, thousands of questionings. They can be found in situ thanks to the abundant traces of the past still held by contemporary Egypt, in the splendid collections of the museums of the world or through a rich literature. Among these vestiges of the Pharaonic age, many monuments, scenes and objects are reminiscent of music. Here is the pillar of a temple, the top of which is shaped into a percussion instrument, "sistrum", over there, we can see the wall of a bas-relief which shows a whole orchestra; elsewhere, in the show-cases of the museums, music instruments themselves are displayed to please the eye. The eye, but not the ear!

Even though the writing of the former Egyptians has become more understandable since J.F.Champollion deciphered the hieroglyphs, their idiom has remained silent and their acoustic world, immured in silence. Many a researcher, either as an amateur or as a scholar tried to break this silence, without significant success.

The Copts (Christians of Egypt) now claim to have inherited their religious hymns from their forefathers, the Pharaohs. These hymns probably convey traces of this tradition, which can also be found in some traditional songs of the fellahs of the Nile valley. For the musicologists this represents a huge amount of material to explore, up to the standards of this impressive civilization.

Egyptology, which was almost born with the drums of the Napoleon-to-be 's Egyptian expedition from then on never gave up, making us more and more acquainted with Ancient Egypt and it will undoubtedly go on with this task doing it in the field of music at the time of the Pharaohs. We will do our best to echo its advance.


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