Pan Pipes and Pan Flute Music
Mystical and Haunting melodies of the Pan Pipes
The ever-growing popular pan pipes shows that music leads the way in joining people from different cultures in unison. From Irish pubs to the mountains of Mourne the special delicate melodies of pan pipes is appreciated the world over
The Pan pipes are a very simple instrument consisting of a five or more pipes of increasing length bound together and which you blow down upon whilst moving the pipes back and forth. Perhaps it is this simplicity which makes them so relaxing and calming.
The Greek god PAN was the god of shepherds, wild creatures of the mountains and other wild places and kept the company of nymphs. The fact that Pan played pan pipes and hence the name, and lived in naturalist simplicity is somewhat symbolic of the very essence of the pan pipes. They are not a complicated instrument and yet the combination and structure of sounds can construct images and invoke strong emotions. In this regard simple is strong.
Have you ever tapped a tune on a table, dishes and bottles or blown into a part empty bottle and noticed how the sound changes as the level goes down.
Yes, this is music started. Stone Age man taping or banging one surface against another making a percussion sound or blowing down a hollow twig or piece of bone, making the first wind instruments. Music has moved on leaps and bounds since then but the basic human desire to make a recognizable sequence of sounds and be able to repeat that sequence remains with us
We all have our own musical preference and these preferences change according to the activity we are engaged in, our age or other personal circumstances. There is however an almost universal appreciation of music in one form or another and this lens celebrates the popularity of pan pipes and pan flute music.
Please take a look at the Beer Bottle Symphony Orchestra video which is not only amusing but shows how tapping and blowing can be brought together with interesting results.
Beer Bottle Symphony Orchestra
The Beer Bottle Symphony Orchestra video is just a bit of fun, but it does show how air blown down a tube creates different sounds according to the depth of liquid in the bottle. Pan pipes work along the same principle, but instead of bottles containing different levels of liquid the pan pipes are cut to different lengths. By sequentially placing the pipes from shortest to longest the flutist can create a scale of notes.
Celtic Music of Ireland and Scotland
Cultural links between the generations through Music
When you think of Celtic music images of Ireland and Scotland come to mind, and there is almost a mystical element to this particular type of folk sound. Pan pipes are not unique to Celtic music, but the haunting (far away - misty field's image) lends itself firmly in the family of Celtic music.
This image was selected as picture of the day on the English Wikipedia for October 6, 2005.
Taken by Fir0002, flagstaffotos.com.au
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Celtic Pan Pipes - One of Many wonderful CDs by Inishkea
Label: Sunflower Records
Genre: WORLD/CELTIC & IRISH
1. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
3. The Rose of Tralee
5. I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
6. A Bunch of Thyme
8. The Fields of Athenrey
9. Mountains of Mourne
10. When You Were Sweet Sixteen
11. Shepherd Moons
12. Pal of My Cradle Days
13. Have I Told You Lately
14. Whiskey in The Jar
15. Molly Malone
16. Londonderry Air, Danny Boy
Mountain Sunrise - Explore Nature with Music
Mountain Sunrise: Peaceful Pan Flutes - A Calming composition to promote relaxation
Dan Gibson was a wilderness and wildlife man who incorporated his love of nature into his music. Sadly Dan passed away in 2006, but in the same enduring beauty of nature his work still continues and is appreciated World Wide. He created a wonderful collection of instrumental compositions and was never afraid to explore different styles and themes and his Solitudes collection includes New age and Celtic, but one constant theme in the beauty of nature and natures sounds.
Dan Gibson - A Selection of Tracks
Dan Gibson Solitudes collection - Music to aid Relaxation and inner calm
Imagine - Pan Pipes Flute - John Lennon
Pan Pipe Dreams by Gheorghe Zamfir
Pan Pipe Dreams - Gheorghe Zamfir Master of the Pan Flute
Gheorghe Zamfir is known as The Master of the Pan Flute, and this wonderful collection is just one example of his unique style. Gheorghe Zamfir plays the traditional Romanian-style pan flute
Gheorghe Zamfir - The Master of the Pan Flute
Harp and Panpipes - Strings and Panpipes in a Marriage of Love and Harmony
A wonderful match of two soothing instruments to drift and dream to, escaping the cares of the world in a magnificent merge of Pipes and strings
Panpipes from Bolivia Peru and Ecuador
The popularity of pan pipes is truly International as reflected by this CD
Celtic Jewels - The Emerald Pan Pipe Players
1. Riverdance - Emerald Pan Pipe Players
2. Eileen Oge - Canticle
3. Bard of Armagh - Dreide O'Callaghan
4. Molly Maguires - The Freemen
5. She Moved Through the Fair - Cathie Harrop
6. Danny Boy - Leo McCaffrey
7. Mason's Apron - Blarney Folk
8. Star of the County Down - Canticle
9. Pretty Girl Milking - Deidre O'Callaghan
10. My Lagan Love - The Freemen
11. Molly Malone - Canticle
12. Coolin - Leprachauns
13. Mountain of Mourne - Leo McCaffrey
14. Rattlin' Bog - Blarney Folk
What do you think? - Is it hype or is there a real calming effect?
Do you think the sound of Pan pipes is relaxing?
EM Winston CF15 15-Hole Concert Series Pan Flute
They have outstanding intonation and a clear, dark tone
The pipes are mounted in a curved frame with individual channels, assuring stability, accurate placement, and precise control.
This 15-hole model plays two full octaves, moving diatonically from G to G.