Archive for the 'Audio' Category

The Great Highland Electro Pipes

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Modern technology has not left bagpipes behind. The Faegerstrom chanter and Deger Pipes have been around for ages but that does not prevent clever musicians the world over from hacking their own.

Barbarians and District Pipe Band!

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

I’m sorry, but bagpipe competitions would get a whole lot more interesting if these guys showed up on the field. Sign me up. (And they get kickin’ at about minute 2.)

iTheory for iPipers

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

iTheory is a handy learning tool to brush up on your music theory while listening to your iPod. Seems like a convenient tool for the busy eastern piper or drummer. Quiz yourself on intervals, chords, and hone your pitch with ear training.

New Approaches to Instrument Design

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

The New York Times has an interesting article this week about the acoustics of violin design.

Lots of speculation about the use and qualities of modern materials, their ultimate affect on instrument sound, and their ultimate dominance of instrument making. One salient passage:

In an interview, Mr. Curtin said that was only partly a playful exaggeration. It [...]

Take a bagpipe break.

Monday, November 13th, 2006

For those searching the net for downloadable piping and drumming, divert your attention to other forms of music for awhile with these links: offers up a slew of documentary clips about American roots music, from Appalachia to zydeco. Learn about all the greatest folk artists of the last century. Get your roots on!

Pipers of a [...]

The Captain gains a Groat.

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Ken "The Captain" Eller has snagged Bruce Gandy’s rendition of "The Groat" from Gandy’s lunchtime recital at the National Piping Centre August 7 for your full piobaireachd immersion on the aptly named The Highlander’s Institute section of his blog The Captain’s Corner. (Lots of other great listening there to make your web surfing time well [...]

Can’t get enough of the Worlds?

Monday, August 28th, 2006

For those pipers and drummers who are already showing signs of pipe band withdrawl with the World Pipe Band Championships a bit more than a fortnight behind us, the BBC has stepped in to feed your bagpipe jones.
An entire page is dedicated to the upcoming television presentation on Sept. 3 at 6:05 p.m. BST (1:05 [...]

Fred Morrison live at Piping Live!

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

YouTube comes through with user dundeepiper’s video of a sampling of Fred Morrison’s performance with Steve Byrne at Piping Live!

Scottish culture and music lectures.

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

The Lyon College Scottish Heritage/Arkansas Humanities Council has posted their annual lectures and made them available for downloading and listening.

Hardcore piping addicts can listen to the renowned Angus MacLellan on the history of pipe bands and the life and works of Donald MacLeod. Those of a more cultural bent can listen to discussions on the [...]

All Hail McBlare!

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

McBlare, the robotic bagpipe developed at Carnegie Mellon University, has been getting a lot of coverage lately (see here and here).

McBlare brings us that much closer to total subjugation by our machine overlords. Hear it belt out “Highland Laddie“. Cool! But can it play “Andy Renwick’s Ferret”? Question: If McBlare were to play out on [...]