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Research and Reconstruction of an Ancient Persian Harp

Introduction
The rich history of Iran is filled with wonders and unknown secrets that even today are still hidden from history books. There are many reasons why these cultures have remained secret and hidden from the world for so long.

Our main objective throughout our vigil activities is to take away the layer of uncertainty that dwells around Iran’s music history, and to show the strength and knowledge of the human race dating from a period long ago, so that we can be inspired from their lifestyle in order improve our present lifestyle through the use of modern technology.

A lot of effort has been put in order to re-illustrate ancient Persia, and to revive its musical history. This re-illustration began with the creation of the mythical 6000 year old Persian harp, which is not only the oldest harp but also the oldest string instrument in the world.

This complex instrument took 22,000 hours of research to unearth the secrets of its construction. Once the research was complete, it took an additional 7,500 hours to construct this fine instrument.

Technical information

The research on the ancient Persian harp began in the year 2000, and the reconstruction of the harp is directly supported by IAARA and UN-HABITAT, and will be showcased at the opening ceremony of the World Olympiad of Urban Design (WOUD).

Remains of the attributes and characteristics of the harp were found on various ancient tablets which date back to the Babylon, Egyptian, and Mesopotamia periods.

This instrument will be the symbol of Persian Music and after being played at the Olympiad symphony recital, it will be offered as a gift to the General Secretary of the United Nations. 

Informational books and CD's on the step by step reconstruction of this harp will be available in the English language with the direct support of the United Nations and will be published internationally.

The materials used to create the acoustic body are wood, bones and metal. The main wood comes from the walnut tree. The reason for this, beside the technicality of the matter, is the domestic nature of the wood in Iran.

The physical form and adaptation of the instrument is derived from the shape of a goose. Once finished, the harp will be able to perform all of the musical notes of the world. 

A clip of the Chang can be found below in mpg format:
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The research and reconstruction of the ancient Iranian harp, in its final stages, is approved by a panel of experts.
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