Rob Cain and Matthew Leigh Embleton have a shared love of history and the ancient world. Matthew is a musician and has been composing and producing electronic and ambient music for over 25 years now.
Their collaboration began in 2013 when Matthew began experimenting with ancient instruments, and making music that atmospherically explores and contemplates the ancient world.
The result was a piece called 'Hymn to Mithras' (with Minnie Rogers), which became the background music for 'Ancient Rome Refocused', Season 2, Episode 12: 'Venus (the statue of the goddess) takes a journey across time'.
The next collaboration was the piece 'Batrachomyomachia' (with Minnie Rogers), written especially for 'Ancient Rome Refocused', Season 4, Episode 22: 'Mice and Frogs Behaving Badly', discussing the comic Homerian epic 'Batrachomyomachia'.
Matthew is also an author, publishing books on Norse Literature (including the Vinland Sagas which tell the story of the first Norsemen in the American Continent, and the Sagas of legendary viking Ragnar Lothbrok), Runes, and Magical Symbols, including astrological symbols which through renaissance astrology have come to signify Roman and Greek deities.
Matthew is currently working on a book about the history of opium, from the ancient times of the Sumerians, Akkadians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, to the modern world. Watch this space.
28/01/2021 - Matthew Leigh Embleton - Ambient Lyre
An ambient imagining of an ancient landscape on a lyre.
28/01/2021 - Matthew Leigh Embleton - Ambient Kinnor
An ambient imagining of an ancient landscape on a kinnor.
Rob Cain's blog Ancient Rome Refocused features 'Batrachomyomachia' in Season 4, Episode 22, Mice and Frogs Behaving Badly.
Matthew Leigh Embleton plays a 10-string kinnor and a 16-string lyre, and Minnie Rogers provides haunting backing vocals for this ambient evocation of Ancient Greece.
12/07/2020 - Matthew Leigh Embleton - Batrachomyomachia (Vocals by Minnie Rogers)
The Batrachomyomachia or Battle of the Frogs and Mice is a comic epic, or a parody of the Iliad, commonly attributed to Homer. The march of the percussion suggests the image of each side marching into battle. The plucked strings and siren-like vocals suggest the atmosphere of the imagination of the ancient world. Produced by Matthew Leigh Embleton. Commissioned by Rob Cain for the Ancient Rome Refocused Podcast.
Minnie Rogers sings like a siren with the muse of Euterpe in this hauntingly beautiful dream-like piece. Inspired by the classic Hollywood films portraying the mythology of Ancient Greece. Produced by Matthew Leigh Embleton.
18/05/2014 - Matthew Leigh Embleton - Shades of History (Audio Fabrique)