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The Workshop of Dionysus first met in Tarquinia, Italy, 20-23 November 2013. It was formed by Emiliano Li Castro, Artistic Director of the European Music Archeology Project (EMAP). Its first meeting was facilitated by Adje Both, the EMAP’s Exhibition Curator. You can view the schedule of this meeting here.

This multi-author blog was created to continue discussions online and to stimulate wider interest and participation in the revival of ancient doublepipes from musicians, instrument makers and scholars.

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8 Responses to About

  1. Hi,
    Saw your excellent website. As a Ancient Greek re-enactor am trying to learn the aulos. Some progress in playing but problems with natural reeds. Not sure about fingering. Happy to discuss with your group.
    Have a Rezanka version 1 Aulos.

  2. Thanks for getting in touch. I’ve posted my thoughts on fingering at http://www.doublepipes.info/fingering. Looking forward to discussion and to sharing the learning journey with reeds!

  3. Reeds – that’s a very difficult question. If we accept that the used reed for an Aulos was “double” (I’m not sure if double reeds for the aulos is completely accepted) and that the material used was some “variant” of Arundo Donax (Giant Cane) then the problem is first is finding that variant. Do Ancient Greek texts state what reed material was used? Maybe Professor Hagel would know…
    Reeds – I struggle to make a good one and if i do they don’t seem to last long, before becoming “difficult”. The reeds I produce are too variable, which complicates my practise. If there is a good methodology to make a good reed, then I wish somebody would share it with me. For example, I start off by soaking my (Arundo Donax) reeds in distilled water until the water is clear. Is that what others do?


  4. Roger Cox says:

    I have long been interested in acquiring a double piped aulos. I first saw one at a Renaissance faire, and it was considerable smaller and more symettrical than those I’ve seen online. I’m not even certain if the performer was playing it, to be honest, but I collect instruments, mostly those that are somehwat obscure and have a dinstinctly different tone. Would the author of this article know a place I could buy a double-piped aulos?
    Thank you for your time, Sincerely,


  5. robin howell says:

    I have been researching auloi for about 35 years, and am so excited about your progress! Being an instrument/reed maker, I am trying to find any schematics of extant instruments to reproduce. Can you direct me to any sources who might be willing to share this information? I have a special interest in the instruments from Pompeii.
    I am not totally convinced that Arundo donax is exactly the right species, though it is possible to use. There are several unique species similar to A donax of varying hardness, as used, for example, for duduk reeds. The softer cane allows for a free blowing reed whilst retaining a thicker, more durable blade. Unfortunately A donax is pretty much all that is available here in North America. Do you perhaps know of any sources of Ramash from the middle east? I would love to procure some of the proper size.

  6. David says:

    I want to buy one in the US. Where can I get it?

  7. The only aulos maker I am aware of in North America is Robin Howell (http://www.robinhowell.com). If there are others, please let us know! You can hear me testing a Howell instrument here: http://www.doublepipes.info/louvre-deluxe-by-robin-howell/

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