Music in a bag? Controlling the bag of Majorcan and Galician bagpipes

Abstract : After defining the mechanical framework of the bag control of bagpipe, this paper presents a study of the bag pressure control in a musical context through the comparison of six players and two bagpipes: one Galician (gaita) and one Majorcan (xeremies), the latter mainly differentiated organologically by different a much larger bag size. General observations first lead to the identification and interpretation of the range of control parameters observed. A more detailed analysis of the control parameters during the production of steady notes highlights the coordination between insufflations and the arm displacement necessary to produce a stable and continuous sound. Finally, the bag pressure variation is observed in a musical context and is correlated with the musical task, thus associating different control strategies to the different bagpipes played by the musicians.
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Augustin Ernoult, Benoît Fabre, Cassandre Balosso-Bardin, Ilya Franciosi, Patricio de la Cuadra. Music in a bag? Controlling the bag of Majorcan and Galician bagpipes. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Acoustical Society of America, 2017, 142 (3), pp.1454-1465. ⟨10.1121/1.5002692⟩. ⟨hal-01613185⟩

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