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02-08-2002, 10:24 AM
For the second time in two days yesterday, I found the term "spherical", describing the
sound coming out of certain mellower makes of drones, like Starcks and Glens. What
precisely is involved here? And how do these pipes get to be "spherical" (why might my
Dunbars not be this?)
02-08-2002, 11:31 AM
This is hard to describe, but once you hear it - oh yeah. It's more of feeling. Okay, that's not helping. If you have someone near who can feel it, then have them help you identify it. It is hard for me to pick it up on recorded music. It is so much better in person!
To me, it's like a gentle, surround-sound wave rolling into shore.
Somebody help me out here. :D
02-08-2002, 10:50 PM
'Spherical sound' refers to the balance between chanter and drones that sounds basically the same wherever you stand in relation to the player.
Kind of like 'surround sound' but produced by a bagpipe.
Glens are noted for this feature. Hehehe. :D
02-11-2002, 04:35 PM
(why might my
Dunbars not be this?) Dunbars, like Kintail regulation pattern, are based on the Henderson model, which produces a directional or 'cardiod' sound - from the front, you hear the chanter; from the back, you hear the drones.
'Spherical sound' is more omnidirectional - in that you hear the blend of drones and chanter from every angle. I'm not sure exactly how the bore geometry produces this effect, but it sure works for me!
02-11-2002, 08:08 PM
I've been told that I get a good "spherical" sound as well with my Starcks. My understanding of the term is that it "fills the room" or "envelopes" the listeners. As previously said, it's difficult pick up on a recording.. it's more of a "hear it live" thing.