ARCHAEOMUSICA. The Sounds and Music of Ancient Europe

Temporary exhibition
Open from 12 June to 24 September 2017 at the National Museum of Slovenia – Prešernova
 
A Touring Multimedia Exhibition and Performance Programme
Created by the European Music Archaeology Project
 
The exhibition ARCHÆOMUSICA explores the music From the Paleolithic period to the Iron Age, from the great classical civilizations to the Middle Ages and beyond.
 
 
Primordial Sounds of Humanity 
First room shows what we know about music in the Stone Age. For the first time, an overview on music-making in the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods is provided, covering a time span between roughly 60,000 and 2,500 BC. From the early periods of humanity, only finds made of durable materials like bone, shell, teeth or antler have survived. Such materials were used to craft a variety of instruments, such as flutes or clarinets from the wing bones of birds or mammoth tusks, rattles from shells or teeth, and scrapers from deer antler. In the Neolithic period, shell horns and pottery instruments, such as horns, drums, rattles, and flutes, were introduced.
 
Instruments Through the Ages
The second room follows instrument development and musical connections in the Bronze and Iron Ages up to the end of Classical Antiquity. Past relationships and musical knowledge shared by virtually all music cultures across Europe are explored. You will discover ancient stringed instruments, trumpets and horns, and double pipes. You will also find mediaeval and contemporary folk music instruments, which may be legacies of ancient musical traditions. The EUROPEAN WHISTLE MAP is an installation showing the diversity of traditional ceramic whistles produced nowadays all over Europe, and whose ancestors were produced some 7,000 years ago.
 
Music for the Living, Music for the Gods
The third room of the exhibition shows how the musical instruments of the past were used, and tells about the meaning of their sounds. You will discover that the uses and meanings of ancient musical instruments were often similar from one culture to another. The room features musical contests and spectacles in Antiquity, funerals involving music and musical instruments, the role of music in legends and myths, and the music played in religious ceremonies. The spectacular sound artefacts discovered in Pompeii show the presence of music and sounds in ancient urban environments.
 
Multimedia Stations
Among the multimedia stations are installations with films covering the making and playing of the instruments. Further stations are a virtual lyre enabling the visitor to play ancient lyres with different tunings on a multitouch screen, an installation of virtual musical instruments and sculptures of musicians, which may be rotated and observed from all angles, a station with virtual environments and their individual acoustics, which can be explored like a computer game, and the Soundgate, a semi-circular multimedia projection enabling the exhibition visitor to experience past sound worlds and environments.    
 
Exploratorium
Here you can play strange instruments and sound artefacts of the past.
 

PROGRAMME
 
OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION 
Sunday,  June 11, 7 PM
National Museum of Slovenia, Muzejska 1, Ljubljana 
 
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SUMMER IN OLD LJUBLJANA TOWN   
Sunday,  June 11, 9 PM
Old Ljubljana Town, Ljubljana 
Concert with Patrick Kenny and Gaetano Delfini (playing on replicas of ancient brass instruments)
 
MUSEUM SUMMER NIGHT
Saturday, June 17 
National Museum of Slovenia, Muzejska 1, Ljubljana 
6 PM: Concert with Ludi Scaenici and Justus Willberg
6 PM – 12 PM: Workshops for children, lectures
 
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL NIGHTS IN OLD LJUBLJANA TOWN   
Saturday, June 17, 9 PM
Old Ljubljana Town, Ljubljana
Concert with Ludi Scaenici and Justus Willberg
 
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM, 24.–27. 8. 2017
CONCERTS, 25.–26. 8. 2017
Atrium ZRC, Novi trg 2, Ljubljana
Concerts with Ensemble Mare Balticum & Miriam Andersén, Barnaby Brown, Tangatamanu 
 

About the European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP)

The European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP) is based on an international initiative financed by the Culture Program of the European Commission for the period of five years (2013-2018). The goal of the project is to research the musical instruments of the European past, with special reference to the exchange of musical knowledge between diverse cultures, and to present the results in a travelling exhibition with an accompanying performance and workshop program. The exhibition shows the highlights of ancient European musical instruments, brought together for the first time in the form of high-quality, playable replicas and reconstructions. Wherever possible, they are made from the same materials and with the same production techniques as the originals. Some of them are provided for hands-on exploration and can be sounded; others can be taken out of display and played in special guided tours and performances. A set of multimedia installations and the interactive audio tour explain the making, playing and contexts of these sound tools from the past. 
Ten partner institutions and a lot of associated partners are involved in the project. The coordinator of the project is the Comune de Tarquinia, Italy. Among the co-organisers are the University of Valladolid for Spain, the Austrian Academy of Sciences for Austria, the German Archaeological Institute for Germany, the University of Huddersfield and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for the UK, the University of Tuscia and the Regione Lazio for Italy, Musik i Syd for Sweden, and the Cyprus Institute for Cyprus.