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From the Artist

Thousands of years after ancient Egyptian cultured thrived, I wonder how it all must have sounded in antiquity. Perhaps we’ll never know the actual sounds of an ancient Egyptian religious hymn, love song or folk tune.

With so many unanswerable musical questions regarding the deep past, I remain far more interested in creating something new from something ancient.

All of the sounds on Ambient Egypt derive from "ancient" musical instruments. A few of the CD's recorded instruments survive from antiquity, Most are replicated instruments that I constructed and sampled. The resulting music composed from this personal collection of sounds produced very pleasing and unexpected results. Inevitably, there is much more to say and explore with these instruments. Their versatility allows entirely new music to be made from sounds as ancient as civilization itself.

Douglas Irvine