Therefore, we have tried to provide at least some mention of sources of inspiration for the melodies on "Seven Modes for an Ancient Lyre," and to give some solid information about subjects that are related to ancient near eastern history and culture. In some cases we also describe scenarios and a few musical considerations that Smith had in mind when putting together these compositions.
The information provided includes stories about the Sumerian gods and myths, some early writing materials and alphabets, some battles of an Assyrian King, discussions relating to our understanding of lyre notation, an example of early western music notation, some bible stories, divination practices, and some ancient musical traditions that still exist today.
Images for this site were collected from various sources. Many of the thumbnail pictures can be clicked on for larger views. Several of the images are borrowed with permission from other web sites, whose URL's are given for viewers who wish to learn more about the subjects touched on here.
We sincerely hope that site visitors will enjoy reading about these subjects, particularly in conjunction with the information and music on "Sounds from Silence," and the CD "Seven Modes for an Ancient Lyre." Comments and suggestions are appreciated, and corrections with valid sources are welcome.