On digitising the Greek music tradition: simulation of the Cretan lyre for mobile devices
by Dimitrios Margounakis; Georgios Tsotakos; Andreas Floros
International Journal of Arts and Technology (IJART), Vol. 12, No. 2, 2020

Abstract: In this paper, an application, which simulates the Greek traditional musical instrument 'Cretan lyre' in mobile devices and is the first of its kind, is presented. This instrument was selected on the grounds that it is quite interesting in terms of its playing technique and there has never been a similar attempt to do so to date. Moreover, music in Cretan tradition has been in the spotlight and intrigued a lot of people, not only those originating from Crete. The cretanlyra.app constitutes a recreational and educational application that features a presentation of the Cretan lyre and offers the user the capability of simulated playing, using the same gestures as an actual musician would. The user is instructed by the application so that they will familiarise themselves with playing some well-known melodies of the Cretan tradition. In addition, they can combine the lute sound with playing the lyre.

Online publication date: Tue, 21-Jul-2020

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