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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:29 am 
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I have a question, actually its a part question, part, "I have a theory" (not based on any science)

Many people I speak to, talk about literally "tearing up" when they hear bagpipes. Even Don Cherry has, on more than one occasion, said, "as soon as I hear those bagpipes baby my eyes tear right up". Personally when I am at The Highland Games in Fergus and the bagpipes start playing, the same thing happens to me.
In addition, some of my friends say as soon as the 2 minute 30 second point in The Yes Song, "I Get Up, I Get Down" hits, [similar frequency to bagpipes} their eyes tear up. (they describe it as an awesome memory filled emotional experience). (which it may very well be).

My question is this. Is it possible that the frequencies that bagpipes emit (that are the same as in The Yes song when we hear them from our speakers) actually resonate our tear ducts or tear glands? Causing our eyes to water up and down pour the tears?

Any thoughts?

I realize this is not really related to stereo but many hear have science backgrounds and may know the facts about this.

Thanks

Also, all comments are welcome but if we can avoid any "bagpipes drive me nuts" comments it will keep things simple.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:17 am 
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No. You are just standing too close to them :idea:

Origins are a little mysterious but use by the Brits for battle hymns supports their intent to provoke fear in the enemy.

Run a way a little bit further and you won't be crying so much :lol:


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When I hear bagpipes, my stomach resonates...………………………………….barf!

Sounds like someone torturing a cat with a chainsaw.

del Sol

-- 21 Sep 2018 18:28 --

When I hear bagpipes, my stomach resonates...………………………………….barf!

Sounds like someone torturing a cat with a chainsaw.

del Sol


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Bagpipes drive me nuts. I’m German heritage and much prefer the Tuba . 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:50 am 
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They gets my Scottish up!
Must be primordial....


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Bagpipes are one of the earliest of wind instruments and have a long history, being used before the Roman empire. Starting in the middle east, bagpipes have a history of folk music in Macedonia, moving to the west into Britain and the Norse countries at the time of the Roman expansion. Perhaps, for some of us, the pipes resonate with the thousands of years of our history. For me, whether in early mid-Eurpoean folk music to that of the Scots, I find their music inspirational

Harmonic resonance inside our head? Not so much.

Good, deep thinking however on your part! 8)


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I served in the Royal Canadian Regiment (infantry) for 4 years. Our Regimental Band is Pipes & Drums...when we were on parade (whether, London, Petawawa, Gagetown or Germany), those mofo bags swelled our hearts and made us all 10 feet tall! :D

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New learners are guaranteed to bring anyone nearby to tears,
including pets, and themselves too!

Not an instrument for the sensitive listener.

Something primal, powerful and earthy.


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Gerhard Roemer wrote:
Bagpipes drive me nuts. I’m German heritage and much prefer the Tuba . 8)


...dude...lived in Deutschland for 8.5 years...I agree...the tuba is very similar to the pipes! 8)

...I mean in terms of cultural endearment and significance...

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Have attended the Nova Scotia International Tattoo many times with one of the main reasons being that I love the pipes. They always drove me crazy while marching in military parades though. Made it damned near impossible to stay in step. :D. Of course Stone will tell you ( somewhat accurately ) that we Airforce types can't march worth a damn anyway. :lol:

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At the right time and the right place yes, I get it.
The sound of the pipes chill, and at times during a scene in a film they have a power, goosebumps, hair raising.
When they don't work they don't, just make my bag sag.


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To all, thanks for your comments.
So I assume the answer to my question, scientifically speaking, is that tear ducts/glands don't have a resonant frequency hence there are no frequencies that can make them resonate? Tear up? Cry?


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KJT1 wrote:
Have attended the Nova Scotia International Tattoo many times with one of the main reasons being that I love the pipes. They always drove me crazy while marching in military parades though. Made it damned near impossible to stay in step. :D. Of course Stone will tell you ( somewhat accurately ) that we Airforce types can't march worth a damn anyway. :lol:


...left right left...left right left... :lol:

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Stone wrote:
KJT1 wrote:
Have attended the Nova Scotia International Tattoo many times with one of the main reasons being that I love the pipes. They always drove me crazy while marching in military parades though. Made it damned near impossible to stay in step. :D. Of course Stone will tell you ( somewhat accurately ) that we Airforce types can't march worth a damn anyway. :lol:


...left right left...left right left... :lol:

German March, right left, right left, :D


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