Albums

SOUNDS FROM SILENCE

Boxed album with 24-page booklet. Custom made CD replaces the original vinyl record. Professor Anne Draffkorn Kilmer and Richard Crocker of the University of California at Berkeley narrate information about ancient near eastern music texts and tuning instructions. “A Hurrian Cult Song from Ancient Ugarit (ca. 1400 B.C.)” is performed on a replicated lyre. The booklet gives excellent translations and discussion of the texts. Also Included are photographs of the Hurrian Hymn tablet, Kilmer’s transcription of her arrangement in modern music notation, and many delightful drawings of musicians and instruments from ancient sources in the near east.

SEVEN MODES FOR AN ANCIENT LYRE

CD, fourteen lyre pieces. All titles in this collection are each in one of the seven modal tunings discussed in "Sounds from Silence," played using samples from Professor Kilmer's replica of the Silver Lyre in the British Museum. Both Hurrian Hymn versions are based on Kilmer's original arrangement, but have rhythms and simple harmonies added. “Hurrian Moonrise” uses the ascending scale tuning for the lyre, as in her published arrangement. “Hurrian Moonset” uses a descending scale, with a different meter for variety. Other pieces are based in part on themes known to be relatively old, from around the Mediterranean area and Middle East. Fourteen pieces in all, including a lullaby, a victory song, dance of the beer goddess, Ninkasi; a royal procession, a wedding song, and a popular Assyrian hymn, “Hal Libba Marya.”

LAYING THE ROUGH, TESTING THE FINE

Reprint of a 15 page scholarly paper from Studien zur Musikarchäologie I, "Laying the Rough, Testing the Fine," by Smith and Kilmer, discussing diatonic lyre tuning procedures on the tablet CBS10996 from Nippur, first millennium, B C., "The Mathematical Text," (so named because it refers to lyre strings by numbered pairs). A comparison is made between this ancient set of seven tunings and modern piano tuning procedure "Laying the Bearing Octave." Music notation and tablature examples given. Other aspects on the subject of basic diatonic tuning are discussed. (Temperament is still unknown for this system). Fourteen names for string pairs (two-note intervals or ditones) on the lyre form the basis for Hurrian Hymn notation and arrangement on “Sounds from Silence.”

THE GATE AT THE END OF THE WORLD

A collection of songs by Anne Bredon. Over thirty simple, elegant, thoughtful and lively songs that sound as though they have been around for hundreds of years. Ms Bredon has the distinction of having her song "Babe, Im Gonna Leave You" recorded by Joan Baez and also the British group Led Zeppelin. Hand-drawn decorative borders and lots of details surrounding the book's origins make fascinating reading and an excellent source of simple, folk-sounding material never recorded. Or just read the lyrics to "Moon Daughter," "Wet Sand," "Earth song," "Too Many Mountains," or her "Come Away," arranged as "Ninkasi's Dance" on Seven Modes for an Ancient Lyre, to name a few. Melodies and chord names given. Some full-page illustrations.