"What song the Sirens sang, or what name Achilles assumed when he hid himself among women, though puzzling questions, are not beyond all conjecture." Sir Thomas Browne
What song the Sirens sang is a software-generated video and sound file using a juxtaposition of computer-generated music and nature sounds and works of graphic art to present an interpretation of the Sirens' song from Odyssey 12.184-191.
The meter of the vocal melody follows the verse meter of the hexameters in the original Greek, and the musical intervals employed approximate the pitch-intervals of Homeric Greek in so far as these are understood. But the piece does not claim to reproduce what Homer’s Greek sounded like; it is instead an attempt to use some aspects of Homer’s utterance as an inspiration to create an Odyssean dream-world which will resonate with a modern audience.
Artists of the images, which are all classified as public domain on Wikimedia Commons, are listed at the end of the videos.
Please note that although this video uses public domain images, the music and the video as a whole are copyright by Jon Corelis. For permission and contact information, please see:
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