From the recording Ancient Landscapes

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Shadow of the Ziggurat (Original Composition For Replica 3000 Year Old Lyre Featuring The Rare Assyrian Hammered-Lyre Playing Technique, c.700BCE)

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The lyre I play, is a replica of the type of portable wooden lyres played throughout the Middle East, over 3500 years ago. In the track "Shadow of the Zigurrat" (originally featured in my album, "Ancient Visions - New Compositions For An Ancient Lyre"), I experiement with a unique style of percussive lyre playing .

This technique entails hitting the strings with a wooden baton as opposed to plucking the strings with a plectrum). This ancient technique can clearly be seen in the famous Bas Reliefs of lyre players & musicians in the ruins of the Palace at Nineveh, c.700BCE.