picture-51 Living in Scotland, you’re bound to hear bagpipes. In fact I hear them most days because I live next to a park where bagpipers like to rehearse. So every now and then you’ll get an entry on bagpipes like this one or “This is Not a Bagpipe”. Today, I recorded two bagpipe players who were standing opposite each other, their positions gave for a nice stereo recording.


I love the idea of a grain of sound. In Max/MSP I used the simple granular synthesiser Gabor example [gabor.granular] from the FTM library by IRCAM. For the sound, I loaded a short segment of the recording where different sounds were happening (such as a breath, an attack and a sustained note) and used grain lengths ranging from 1 millisecond to 1 second while changing various settings that you see in the image. I didn’t process it further, other than a bit of compression and EQ.

(recorded on Zoom H4n with on board mics)
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[photo by Robert Scoble but processed in Max/MSP/Jitter]

3 Responses to “A Bag(pipe) Of Grains { sound + granular }”  

  1. 1 chris bathgate

    haha, good job Andrew…have you done a dance remix yet? πŸ˜‰

  2. 2 Andrew Spitz

    lol, I could totally see that actually.

  3. 3 Sound effects lover

    That was definitely original. I never would have thought bagpipes would end up sounding like that. You are crazy man. keep up the good work πŸ™‚

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