Audio of the Ancients: A New Venture

I had warned since the release of my second and newest game–Ninja Trek–that I had more projects coming, including ones that you wouldn’t necessarily see coming. And well, here is one of those I don’t think you may have seen coming…

I call it “Audio of the Ancients“. Actually, the lovely and hyper-intelligent Dr. Stephanie Murphy came up with that name (I was going to call it something that had to do with the Library of Pergamum). But what is “Audio of the Ancients”?

Well, as a student of history, I’ve long wanted to take public domain translations of ancient texts and put them to music to make them more exciting to digest, and to “perform” the texts so that they can be felt as much as understood. These aren’t productions with extensive sound effects (though some do find their way in) or large casts. Generally, it’s all me. From the music to the narrative performance. But that’s what “Audio of the Ancients” is. Ancient texts made just a little more alive for all to enjoy.

And you read that correctly, I am now stretching my musical muscles in efforts to be more creative. All of the music you hear in “Audio of the Ancients” productions is created by me. Of course, I’m using software to create this music as the only instrument I’ve ever learned to play was the violin (and don’t dare ask me to do that again, yikes), but I hope you’ll find it enjoyable, and fitting with the ancient text that I perform.

This first “Audio of the Ancients” is of the infamous Dream Stela of an Egyptian pharaoh: Thutmose IV. It is a particular favorite of mine as I consider it part of the proof that the Egyptians merely “found” the Sphinx, and didn’t actually build it (though they may have repaired it and given it a human head–as compared to perhaps originally a lion’s head–as the head of the Spinx doesn’t exactly match the rest of its body well). It is also an incomplete stela. Parts of it have been broken away or weathered, and thus there are points where my performance becomes seeming incoherent and breaks off, which is my artistic interpretation of the incomplete text. To be clear, however, most of the Dream Stela is intact, so I think there is much to be learned and gleaned from what we have left, which is exactly what I perform here, with original music, in this “Audio of the Ancients” production.

And this work is totally for free! Feel free to download it from Soundcloud and enjoy it at your leisure, perhaps multiple times even, if you wish.

Future entries in the series will be coming, with the “Epic of Gilgamesh” already in full production. These future entries will be significantly longer, and will be available through zog.ninja and other popular music stores (iTunes, Google Play Music, etc.) for you to purchase. And I hope that the performance of the Dream Stela inspires you to do so and enjoy further entries in my “Audio of the Ancients” series!

So without further ado, here it is, the very entry into the series, with original music and performance by yours truly: “The Dream Stela of Thutmose IV”….

Carpe lucem!

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