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In session 3, Matt takes us on a journey to Swede Lake in Saskatchewan for some unique sound recording. "Under Living Skies" is an ongoing project to use the lake as an instrument. After identifing the resonant frequencies of the lake and assigning several pitches to those frequencies; Matt and others returned to the lake with instruments and speakers to play with the lake! Complete with recordings... this session starts to put the science and the music together.
In session 2 we again take a look at the scientific side of sound. This week, we're going to take our mastery of the physics of sound and look at different tuning systems, how they came about, and what makes them unique. We'll talk about the difference between a tempered tuning system and a Pythagorean tuning system in Western Music, and we'll talk about a few different tuning systems from around the world (and even some alternate tuning systems developed in the 20th century by avant-garde composers.).
The first in a four part series where Matthew Griffin takes us through just what is sound. To do this we first take a look at our ears and how we hear. Next up are the elements in the sound wave itself and how it interacts with our environment .We also discuss its physical properties, how it behaves, and how it's like a jumping rope. Also addressed is timbre, which is why a clarinet sounds different from an oboe, and why my voice sounds different from yours. A stunning journey into the scientific side of music!
In this class, we have a discussion about how drone reeds are less susceptible to blowing pressure changes than chanter reeds (on the assumption that your instrument is well-calibrated). Then, we hear Lee play some of Cameron MacFadyen on the practice chanter. Finally, a discussion on how the social mentality of our bands and pipe band associations can make it difficult to pursue the bagpipe as an extension of the Self.