Seikilos epitaph / Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounio

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While you live, shine, have no grief at all, life exists only for a short while and time demands its toll

 

 

The idea

Seikilos' epitaph was the motive to perform this multicast from a place near the sea. The panoramic view from the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio leads East -across the Aegean- to Asia Minor where the stele of Seikilos was found. Seikilos died in Tralleis (now Aidin) around 200 B.C. The stone on his grave bears the sign: "Εἰκὼν ἡ λίθος εἰμί.Τίθησί με Σείκιλος ἔνθα μνήμης ἀθανάτου σῆμα πολυχρόνιον", "I am a tombstone, an image. Seikilos placed me here as an everlasting sign of deathless remembrance". Underneath this inscription there are lyrics marked with "parasemanteke" (music signs above the letters) corresponding to notes and values. The lyrics are engraved as follows:

ΟΣΟΝ ΖΗΣ ΦΑΙΝΟΥ, ΜΗΔΕΝ ΟΛΩΣ ΣΥ ΛΥΠΟΥ. ΠΡΟΣ ΟΛΙΓΟΝ ΕΣΤΙ ΤΟ ΖΗΝ, ΤΟ ΤΕΛΟΣ Ο ΧΡΟΝΟΣ ΑΠΑΙΤΕΙ
"While you live, shine, have no grief at all, life exists only for a short while and time demands its toll"

Stele of Seikilos is now part of the exhibits in the National Museum of Denmark.

 

The webcast

The webcast took place on August 21st 2013 at the hill opposite to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounio (+37° 39' 21.92", +24° 1' 33.73") Map. For this webcast 3G mobile broadband was used. Under these conditions the use of multiple cameras was also successfuly tested.

Hardware:

CPU: Acer, Aspire One D257 mini netbook
Webcams: Built-in, Logitech QuickCam Orbit/Sphere,Trust  WB 6250X
Preamp: Sony MZ N710
Mic: Sony DS 70 P
 

Objectives

 This webcast was one more attempt to establish audiovisual broadcast from places of cultural or educational interest by using the least possible means. Attempts like this are gathered as elements of experience for the development of advanced interactive scenarios with students as protagonists in live events which will be broadcasted from real outdoor venues. A community entitled "Let Us Share The Music / Let Us Link The World" is now exploring these possibilities within the Open Discovery Space project.  

The project's first audiovisual multicast of a music event via 3G mobile broadband was accomplished in Kavala (May 2010) and then a few months later in Tinos- 2010 . The multicasts of Naxos 2010 and 2011, Damasta (on Psiloritis) 2012 and Kefallonia 2013 were also successfuly accomplished via mobile broadband. Another 3G multicast - which was actually a linkcast- took place from the monument of the renown writer Nikos Kazantzakis in Heraklion Crete a few days after the Sounio multicast. 

 

Conclusions

Sounio multcast is the sixth live webcast event in real outdoor conditions using 3G mobile network. The experience so far leads to the following conclusions:    

  • Audiovisual webcast with low resolution image and low fidelty sound is possible.
  • Audio transmition is possible via strongly wind-proof microphones and preamplifier connected to LINE IN audio card.
  • Audio calibration should be completed with the help of a distant user.

 

Screenshots

 

 

Videos

The following video excerpts are actual reproductions of the muticast environment as it was broadcasted. Links and logos of the powerpoint presentations are active on these videos.

 

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

 

 

 

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Date: 
Wednesday, 21 August, 2013