Music & Recorder
by Craig Carmichael
The other woodwind and brass instruments got improved
in the 1800s with louder sound and fully chromatic keys or valves.
Orchestral strings went from gut strings to louder wound metal strings
and sturdier construction. Recorder development ssemed to stall in the
1700s. But recorder has a beautiful, unique sound. I felt sure that by
breaking free of traditional
ideas, it should be possible to create
the best recorders in the world.
With no recorder makers being interested, I started
working in fall 2003 on such a design,
my new inventions in it. I made and bought tools and jigs, found
for obscure supplies, and I learned fine woodworking, "jewelers"
for making keys, and some pottery skills.
Along the road new ideas arose that made it even
It took until fall 2005 to work out the various "bugs" associated with
any new design, but I am now able to supply instruments that musicians
will be pleased or even proud to own.
(Unfortunately, it wasn't until around
2008, after I quit making them, that I really got good at recorder
voicing - sigh! Before that, many if not most of them sounded a little
These strong and flexible alto recorders are fine
mixed ensemble instruments that fit in with flutes, clarinets, string
pianos, guitars and so on without apology. They are available in models
from regular baroque fingered to the 7-key fully keyed "orchestra
recorders with no weak forked fingerings, all with the strongest
sound, over 2-1/2 octaves range, the ability to fine-tune and play
and a lovely pitch-vibrato.
People like the sound. I often play in jam sessions with guitars et al
and singing and it's appreciated. And I've been playing for a couple of
years with a pianist who definitely prefers the sound of the
supercorder to that of flutes, which she also plays with.
In March 2014 I joined a small concert band with players of various
ability, and which had just one flute and no oboe. (Also no french
horns and 3 alto saxes - not ideally balanced.) I've been playing oboe
parts, and second flute parts when I'm available. In May a second flute
player joined. But the conductor asked me to continue doubling flute
parts since she likes the tone so much and said "The flutes can sound
so thin." (And she's a flute player!) The supercorder gives gives the
section more body. In louder
passages with many instruments or the whole band playing, as one would
expect I'm struggling for volume and the sound is less than prominent,
and on a few notes where putting down an extra finger on a lower hole
or key gives a bit stronger sound, I generally use it. (...low octave
C, C#, D
& E.) I'm not very often working to play extra quietly with my lip
off the pitch-raising hole. In general it seems about as loud as the
flutes and my solos and harmonies mostly come through nicely. In
September 2014 the band grew from 15 to over 20 players, and in
September 2015, to about 25. An oboe player joined but everything
seemed to work out well. (And 2 french horns!) I was away from the band
September and October 2015, and when I returned, 2 or 3 players seemed
very glad I was back. They said there seemed to be something missing
without my sound!
February 2015: Low notes suddenly started overblowing. Very annoying! I
finally noticed a fine crack has developed in the head of my pau ferro
supercorder, by the tenon! Rats! February 2016: Well, a little cork
grease seemed to cure the overblowing without doing anything else. No
A collection of one and two page solos and duets,
of which may be played on many instruments in addition to alto
GIF image sheet music.
and Bottom Trios
Works for three melody instruments: Soprano,
and Baritone. I've played them on Alto
with Clarinet, Oboe or Violin
and French Horn or Cello.
No doubt flute could substitute for recorder, and many other good
List for My Compositions (Sheet Music)
Solos, Duets, Trios, Misc, "Consort Orchestra"
Aug 2003: My
Music Recordings (MP3s)
A few recordings of my music, from live or with a
studio. (Unfortuanately, nothing even remotely professional)
Wood for Instrument
Woodwind Turning Squares, Guitar parts
(still a few things available December 2014.)
Democracy and Governance
There are some basic things lacking in all our half-evolved
systems. Today, people are becoming far more educated than in the past,
and we are developing our powers of critical thinking. Old ways that
haven't evolved with the advancing societies they spawned are today
causing serious systemic problems.
Furthermore, the internet can now allow us to examine,
discuss and vote
directly on issues at a low cost instead of handing all of our social
decision-making power over to representatives who often don't represent
us well. If we only wake up and see the possibilities, it
will allow us to move beyond antiquated forms and procedures and
restore citizen control over our governing institutions:
to Run a
- This is a new writing intended to introduce and tie the other
ideas together. [2016/02/05 first draft - 2016/02/21 current version]
Government - towards utopian systems of governance
- a booklet
Improved Techniques For Civic Governance
- An e-mail group list can connect concerned citizens and
When hundreds or thousnads of people vote and have a
consensus of what they want done,
they can hardly be ignored by elected officials, who will
also be "in the loop" all along.
- An Election Campaign Central web site will become THE
place for campaign videos or statements by all candidates,
placed at no cost. Everyone may comment and ask
questions, and candidates to respond if they choose to.
It removes money from the election campaigning
DirectVotes.ca - The Referendum Site
- My proposed site to allow referendums by anyone on any topic, with
interactive choice ranking voting.
Sustainability - Principles and methods
for creating a loving, caring civilization for all future
time - by Daniel Raphael, PhD
A few heath & well-being ideas
Safe, Effective Removal
of Skin Polyps (Skin Tags, Papillomas)
Massage for Chronic Soft Tissue Injuries
All on one web page - Four
- Improving Vision - a cure for shortsightedness?
- Improving near vision while ageing
- Home-done Dental "Fillers" (Dental "Fillings" substitute) [hmm...
these don't seem to be lasting very long, at least as I've been doing
- Why Men go Bald But Women Don't - a new Theory and a simple way to
possibly prevent (or even reverse?) hair loss.
Our Amazing Solar System - The space science community today has
developed some weird ideas
and theories, arrived at by selectively interpreting data to fit a
theory, usually from an instrument they're involved with, while
ignoring or misinterpreting much
other evidence, and by lack of creative imagination and visual
they don't question previous work by their peers, so the original
mistakes have piled up on top of each other leading to more mistakes.
But I studied much actual data, images and evidence from the Galileo,
Cassini and Huygens space
missions myself, as well as what was being reported. I too had some
unsound ideas for a while, but I changed them when new data or
information didn't fit. For some years now, each new finding or report
(mostly about Titan since the Cassini is still orbiting Saturn and
doing flybys), while often puzzling space scientists and presenting
them with a "new" mystery outside their current perceptual models, has
simply reinforced my main points, indicating that they will some day be
including those that seem absurd to most people today.
Life in the
2008 (with various further updates 2008 to present.)
Various more recent, clearer conceptions of what's up, on Titan and on
worlds of the central solar system (Jupiter-Saturn areas).
Origin of Pluto and Triton
the tidal disruption of a
larger world by Neptune. 2014)
Renewable Energy & Electric Transport - projects and
Energy Projects Site, products catalog (2006-)
Turquoise Energy News V1 -
monthly newsletters 2008-2012
Turquoise Energy News V2 -
monthly newsletters 2013-
Turquoise Energy DIY - 'How To'
Hubcap & Electric Caik 7 KW, 4.5KW, [unipolar] BLDC Pancake Motor
- Electric Weel Motor (26" rotor, 5"
thick 20 KW "triple" version)
- Turquoise [unipolar] BLDC Motor Controller
- Mildly Alkaline "Forever" Life Battery Chemistries (Ni-Mn (over 2
volts!), Ni-Ni (high current 1.2V))
Energy "Modular" Permanent Magnet Generator
(old 2006: items above are much better... Improved Piggott generator
design 2016 see TE News V2)
A powerful 3-phase PMG machine:
an electrical generator or synchronous motor easily made at home
Last Updates of this index page:
* Until 2014, updates weren't logged.
* 2014/07/03 (gosh, a paragraph of actual
Supercorder news; Origin of Pluto & Triton)
* 2014/12/26 Added a page with 4 health/well-being writeups, edited and
improved this page a little.
* 2016/02/05 Added "Hands-On Democracy"
* 2016/12/15 Added "Social Sustainability"