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Part four of the 0 A.D. Music Blog in which Omri tells more about the instruments used to bring the music of the different civilizations in 0 A.D. to life.

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I’m taking a break from the regular blog progression to address a recent question I received – regarding the instruments I own that were used to create the sounds of 0 A.D. :

All these blogs make me wonder: Just how many instruments does Omri have? He seems to own 5-6 instruments for every civilization!

Let’s start with admitting that I have a problem… I am an instrument hoarder, I have around 40 different ones in my studio…

Omri's many instruments

Let’s take a look at the instruments that were used to create each civilization’s distinct sound:

Celtic Tribes:
The sounds of Celtica are based on a duo of D tin whistle and low D tin whistle, along with an Irish bouzouki, a Bodhràn (traditional Irish drum), a rain stick, and a fender acoustic guitar. Some tracks also feature a Celtic harp (sampled) and a fiddle played live by Shir-Ran Yinon!

Hellenic Tribes:
The Hellenic sound was created using a Greek bouzouki and a flute (played by Marta Mc’Cave!), as well as large frame drums, a djembe, a harp (sampled) and horns.
The Greek bouzouki is so prominent, some of the Hellenic pieces are based entirely on it!

The sound of Persia consists of several stringed instruments – a handmade Oud, (traditional middle-eastern instrument with 11 strings and no frets), a handmade Saz (Turkish instrument with 6 strings), and a slightly more modern – home made fretless acoustic bass guitar.
As well as some percussion sounds – an African djembe, a Syrian darbuka, and a pair of bamboo shakers.

The primary sound in the music of Rome is a mandolin, as well as the wind chimes which were recorded on my porch!Iberia:
The voice of Iberia is centered around the Spanish guitar, as well as a Fife, a tambourine and a shaker.

For Carthage I brought in percussion artist Dror Parker to play frame drum, darbuka, riq and toms.
He recorded those in freestyle, and I then built the music around his work.
While the Duduk is sampled, the bamboo flute was played live.

Mauryan Indians:
Sadly, I do not (yet) own a sitar, so I came up with a replacement and used my homemade fretless guitar.
I also recorded a snake charmer that was actually bought in India, finger cymbals, and a homemade rice shaker.

On the next post we’ll go back to the chronicles of making this score :)

Thanks for listening, stay tuned for more 0 A.D. music!
- Omri Lahav.


Wow, this really is a *lot* of instruments. I must confess that I didn't even know half of them - which is good! Different civilizations are probably better represented by local instruments than by globally used ones. Thank you for all your hard work and your inspiring music!

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