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A Trilling Experience

by Tom McDonald on April 15, 2013

in Steven Devine

New member Steve set a goal to make a new flute from Pacific-Northwest-grown bamboo, and recently set out on a hunt for the perfect pipe.

Here we see Steve after returning from a successful hunt and testing a first tone on a currently one-holed chi flute.  Work from here includes determining proper position for remaining holes and drying.

We look forward to reporting on the finished project, Steve.  Looks (and sounds) great so far!


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

scdevine April 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I am having a semi-synaesthetic set of visualizations when I play this flute. They are related to the separation of the harmonics. Sometimes it is easy to play the low fundamental note and avoid playing an octave higher. Sometime it is hard — the sound “mushes” between high and low. I see a half wavelength standing wave for the low note, and a wavelength and a half for the high. They should be in a constant ratio of 3, right? But they slide around in my mind’s eye, and seem to alter in phase as I slice off short lengths from the end.

Does anyone know what mechanical/acoustic/musical factors come into play which bear on this? I know I am getting something wrong, but I don’t know how to correct my thinking.

scdevine April 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I’m scdevine = the guy with the flute up there in the picture.

Budi Mulyo, Board Member April 23, 2013 at 10:34 am

Steve, won’t it be cool to have Danny’s sound reactive LED on your flute design.

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