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Old 06-16-2014, 11:39 AM   #1
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Default Pipers Of The Trenches-BBC Scotland tonight

Only for UK licence payers, unfortunately for overseas enthusiasts, (and it isn't being shown in England either), but at 9pm tonight on BBC Scotland there is a one hour documentary, Pipers Of The Trenches, that has spent considerable time recreating the actual sounds that pipers would have heard leaving the trenches.

I don't watch a lot of telly and quite often humff at the 145 fee, but I will definitely be watching this.
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Old 06-16-2014, 11:55 AM   #2
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BBC Scotland can be picked up on FTA satellite around Europe but not everywhere nor all the time.

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According to the BBC site it'll be available on iplayer for one week after being shown on telly.
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You can get this programme on SKY 970,BBC 2 Scotland.
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Default Pipers Of The Trenches-BBC Scotland tonight

This was excellent, and by happy coincidence I'm back home for a holiday so could watch it on TV rather than iPlayer.
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You should be able to watch it on i-player : http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode...f-the-trenches
It may be there for a week only. Enjoy!
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The conclusion from the science team was that at the Battle of the Somme, you would not have been able to hear any bagpipes at all.
The sounds of that day, using audio from actual weapons used, showed that the massive earth shaking volume of constant explosions, gunfire and shouting would have drowned out the sounds of piping.
It may have been different for Loos and Gallipoli, however.

It was interesting to see Daniel Laidlaw being interviewed in 1934. He finished the interview by playing A' the Blue Bonnets are o'er the Border in the fast style of playing that was predominant in those days, also with the chanter sound we hear on archive recordings from that time, a flat high G and A and a sharp D, compared to modern tones.

There were some lovely old pipes from WW1 in the programme, all of them in better condition than mine.
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You should be able to watch it on i-player : http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode...f-the-trenches
It may be there for a week only. Enjoy!
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Old 06-17-2014, 04:17 AM   #9
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Again, works within the UK only
Of course, but in the UK we do have to pay 145 for the service, it's not free by any means.
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The conclusion from the science team was that at the Battle of the Somme, you would not have been able to hear any bagpipes at all.
The sounds of that day, using audio from actual weapons used, showed that the massive earth shaking volume of constant explosions, gunfire and shouting would have drowned out the sounds of piping.
It may have been different for Loos and Gallipoli, however.

It was interesting to see Daniel Laidlaw being interviewed in 1934. He finished the interview by playing A' the Blue Bonnets are o'er the Border in the fast style of playing that was predominant in those days, also with the chanter sound we hear on archive recordings from that time, a flat high G and A and a sharp D, compared to modern tones.

There were some lovely old pipes from WW1 in the programme, all of them in better condition than mine.
I maybe mistaken as I was tired but he also looked to be playing the high A like piob high G.
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