Tuesday, June 10, 2014

"Singing like the gaida bagpipe": an ethnomusicological and acoustical approach

Haris Sarris
Department of Music, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Panagiotis Tzevelekos
Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

In: K. Maimets-Volt, R. Parncutt, M. Marin & J. Ross (Eds.)
Proceedings of the third Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM07)
Tallinn, Estonia, 15-19 August 2007, http://www-gewi.uni-graz.at/cim07/
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Background in ethnomusicology
In the region of Thrace, as well as in the wider Balkan area, a special singing style has been observed, which is closely related to “open throat” singing techniques. This practice is often followed by low pitch sounds, produced by glottal stops, and some high pitched “screaming” tones (Rice 1977). Furthermore, the aforementioned singing techniques are strongly connected with the playing techniques of the gaida bagpipe (Levy 1985, Rice 1994, Sarris 2007), an instrument that spreads with little variations from Romania to continental Greece.

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