Making a melodeon…

Making a melodeon is difficult. That is the conclusion that I have come to and to be frank, if I had realised just how difficult it would be I might not have embarked on it. Mentally I had assumed that the difficult bit of making would be designing the reedblocks, the casing, the grille and so on. Actually, the difficult bit is working out how they will all fit together! Every little bit has to be thought out, designed, built, rejected, redesigned and rebuilt. Every little bit of wood glued to another bit of wood just to hold a screw so that yet another bit of wood doesn’t fall off has to be painstakingly thought about. It can be an amazingly frustrating business, however rewarding it also is. It took me five weeks of effort to get a set of reedblocks that I was happy with. I tried several different ways of manufacturing them but eventually I ended up with the below… Continue reading Making a melodeon…

The joy of Making

Welcome to this new look site! Ever original when it comes to names, this site (the successor to “Music and Melodeons” is entitled “Melodeon Music”. On it you can find information about my solo melodeon, the Jazz Ceilidh Project, Peregrine (my small ceilidh band) and There and Back Again. Plus, of course, the world famous blog. Please take the time to explore the site and let me know of any errors, bad links and so on!  Continue reading The joy of Making

The Atzarin System

Reminder: you can buy an Atzarin Accordion here: http://atzarin.com/eng/instruments/accordion/atzarin_accordion.html

A little while ago, Sebastian, the inventor of the Atzarin layout lent me an Atzarin Accordion to have a go on. I posted a quick introduction to the system and also an Inside and Out on the accordion itself. This is the last part in the series and is an analysis of the Atzarin System in its entirety. Continue reading The Atzarin System

19 Tone Equal Temperament

Some of you may remember a post that I did a little while ago on temperaments, titled an illustration of the non-existence of God. If you haven’t read it then read it now, because this post might not make much sense without it. Since then, I have heard much more of the problems of temperaments, especially from David Howard of the University of York at the Institute of Acoustics Musical Acoustics Group (bit of a mouthful that) one day meeting in June. I then heard more from Graham Hair, Nick Bailey, Alex South and Bill Evans at the Galpin Society conference in July, specifically on 19 tone equal temperament. Continue reading 19 Tone Equal Temperament

Kristjani Reilender

I have a new spot to practise. I’ve been trying to get back into playing box recently (see this post) with some success. What I’ve been trying to do is create times where playing the box is desirable, rather than just snatching some time and trying to be productive. I find productivity rather difficult on box, I tend to progress most when I’m supposed to be doing something else. I suspect I am not alone in that regard. Continue reading Kristjani Reilender