[NSP] Re: Information please

2009-03-11 Thread Anthony Robb
Thanks for that Matt. I've often wondered! Why though is it taking so long for the NPS to correct its error? In the recent First 30 booklet I'm the only peron to give Jamie Allan as the name and as my wife pointed out it looks as if I'm the one getting it wrong! After all, if I

[NSP] Monkey hunting

2009-03-11 Thread tim rolls BT
Hi John and all, I like the monkey hunting analogy. If you're hunting monkeys (ies?) by yourself, then hunt them in whatever way catches most monkeys for you. Naturally if you are hunting monkeys with a group of other monkey hunters, you need some agreement as to how you are all going to

[NSP] Re: Chanter hole spacings

2009-03-11 Thread rosspipes
Just to mention that Mike nelson used my hole spacings on his chanters which he graciously acknowledged on a diagram of chanter hole spacings he produced in the early days. Colin R -Original Message- From: Anthony Robb anth...@robbpipes.com To: Dartmouth NPS nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu

[NSP] Re: First 30 tunes

2009-03-11 Thread rosspipes
Dear John, No, it would not do at all for me to play the tunes as I would be imprinting my own style, whatever that is, on the tunes with all the bad habits of gracing I have picked up over the years. This would also apply to other pipers who have learnt from 'the old guys' and have developed

[NSP] Re: Chanter hole spacings

2009-03-11 Thread Gibbons, John
'susceptible smallest environmental Change, whether atmospheric' Going from one room to another at Halsway was enough to unfettle mine very seriously. Going out in the drizzle with them cured it for a while. Happily, so did bringing them home. The warm welcoming atmosphere there has its

[NSP] Re: First 30 tunes

2009-03-11 Thread Anthony Robb
Dear Colin, John et al. I think we should be distinguishing between Regional and personal styles here. Reels in the most of the British Isles (and elsewhere) have a pulse which can be interpreted as: Gob-stopper, gob-stopper, gob-stopper, gob-stopper. In Northumberland

[NSP] Re: First 30 tunes

2009-03-11 Thread Julia . Say
On 11 Mar 2009, Gibbons, John wrote: The other approach, less apparently prescriptive, is getting different pipers to record a few tunes each - and stylistic variations in rhythm, gracing etc will be there - new pipers can choose who they want to try to sound like. Which is precisely what I

[NSP] Re: First 30 tunes

2009-03-11 Thread tim rolls BT
Hi Richard, Don't leave us hanging what did he choose to do? Tim - Original Message - From: Richard York rich...@lizards.force9.co.uk To: NSP group nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 6:10 PM Subject: [NSP] Re: First 30 tunes Some years ago I met a

[NSP] Re: Monkey hunting

2009-03-11 Thread John_Dally
My Morpethian friend plays The Hesleyside Reel as a reel, up tempo, with a bump-ditty, 2/2 rhythm. It's quite easy to play flat fingered on the Border pipes at that tempo. Call me a slacker, but I doubt I will ever have the technique to play the tune on the NSP at his tempo, which

[NSP] Re: First 30 tunes

2009-03-11 Thread Richard York
In a way, that's the least important part of the story :) It struck me at the time what a parallel it was with our treatment of music which comes to us from before our time, or at least before deadly accurate sound recording, whether it's medieval or anything else. But to answer your

[NSP] Re: Midi, rhythm, popping, agogics, psycho

2009-03-11 Thread Barry Say
On 11 Mar 2009 at 18:39, Robert Greef wrote: So some aural illusions at work, it would seem. Anyone for psychoacoustics? Robert I think so. When we hear a sound and it stops, our brains retain a memory of the sound so that when we hear a subsequent sound we can compare the two and hear

[NSP] Re: First 30 tunes

2009-03-11 Thread anthony
Hello Colin What I am trying to get across is precisely the fact that the tunes themselves were played as rants at musical gatherings with no suggestion of dance involved. Yes, there are similarities to the polka rhythm but Rant tunes tend to be crotchet rich and have, to my ears,

[NSP] Response to Chris

2009-03-11 Thread Barry Say
On 11 Mar 2009 at 19:39, Chris Ormston wrote: Other volume differences between notes on recordings may merely be due to the fact that the sound comes out of various points on the chanter, holes are different sizes (but I don't want to go there!!!) and it is difficult to position