Musical Biosphere

To me music is like a biosphere, a generalized and interactive system of sounds. Different styles and genres are ecosystems. Individual pieces are environments. Each instrument a species. Their movement over time flows like a river, glacier or lava. All human endeavors evolve, music is no exception. It’s entwined in our lives, and has so many purposes. Music resonates in our minds and our hearts. It modulates and transforms much of our conscious and unconscious awareness. I truly believe that without music we would be less than human.

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My Flute

My flute is an open hole Altus. The head is made of solid Britannia Silver. The body is nickel silver with silver plating. It has a low B, offset G and split high E.
I had a Muramatsu flute that I bought in the late seventies. I traded a wing head for the standard one from Shozo Ogura, It was popular in the eighties. It made for a big sound and used alot of air.  It was stolen about a decade ago, so I needed another flute. I had met the rep for Altus at a gig in Pasadena. She suggested that I come over and try some flutes, which I did. I spent all day there, and even came back again( I tuned their piano too). Of course their most expensive flutes sounded best, but my financial situation wouldn’t allow me to go there. I made a compromise and found the sweetest, loudest and easiest to play for the price. It still cost around two grand. Later my other flute showed up on eBay. It took some doing, (i.e.. the cops) but I got it back. Different head joint and case, it also was somewhat beat up. It still played though, so I tried my Altus head joint on it.  It sounded almost identical to the other flute, thus proving that the head joint provides most of the timbre. The Altus plays easier and has slightly better intonation, so that’s the one I play. Some day when I have the money I’ll send the Muramatsu back to the factory in Japan and have them go though it. I think that I want a wooden head joint for It.