Archive for November, 2006

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 [...]

Did the pilgrims play bagpipes?

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Pipers in US have much to be thankful for. There seems to be more enthusiasm and more involvement in Highland bagpipes and bagpipe music than ever. Opportunities for learning and appreciating great piping have never been more numerous. Chances to perform grow in number with each season.

Take this moment to give thanks to all things [...]

Bagpipe Mind Games

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

Dale Carnegie is quoted as saying: “The one who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.”

How much risk and uncertainty do you allow in your own life? We all have our own way of handling risk in our lives, and any artistic or creative pursuit involves risk. We never [...]

Bagpipe photo of the week.

Saturday, November 18th, 2006
bagpipes Originally uploaded by BENOITBENOIT.

Remove a few hundred years, and the scene would be exactly the same.

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 [...]

Bagpipe photo of the week.

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
Music and Dance Originally uploaded by Sbmoot.

Busking in Islamabad, Pakistan. Being ignored while pipe-busking is evidently a global thing.

The evil insides of bagpipes revealed!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Good grief! Some things are best never to be seen by human eyes. The inside of your bagpipes or bag comes to mind. Now for sale on Ebay, some twisted soul has seen fit to create a see-through practice chanter so that one can view the “reed working” and, as an added bonus, the spittle [...]

Fall issue overcomes catastrophe - on press now!

Monday, November 6th, 2006

The Fall issue of The Voice is quite late getting to press. Catastrophic computer failure completely scuttled our production schedule like a cane drone reed on the boards during a rainy day. Modern technology is great, but can be hobbling in the same respect when something goes wrong. Luckily determination and resourcefullness are in good [...]

Bagpiping in national news!

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Check out this past Sunday’s New York Times for your bigger-than-usual coverage of piping gear – the Bandspec Inverness cape from Mister Antony – along with a shout out for The Voice!

Link here.