Definitions

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  • n. An instrument consisting of a series of ten or more tubes of different lengths, typically closed at the bottom and open at the top. The instrument is played by blowing across the open end at the top.

Etymologies

From Pan (Greek god of nature, often visualized as half goat and half man) + pipes. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The girl chose the piano, and Fleta chose the syrinx: oth - erwise known as the panpipes, her natural instrument as a unicorn.

    Robot Adept

  • Drawn primarily from the Metropolitan's collections, the exhibition features more than fifty instruments from small personal types such as panpipes and courting whistles to larger forms played at performances heard by the entire community, such as the exquisitely carved temple drums of the Austral Islands or the imposing sacred slit gongs of New Guinea.

    NYC.com's Exclusive New York City Event Calendar : Art

  • X-rays showed that the adult male-who was buried with items of social prestige such as panpipes, a four-pointed hat, and a snuffing tray-had damage near the nose, perhaps from sniffing.

    National Geographic News

  • #3) The movement of the bandleader on his TicTac "panpipes" doesn't even begin to match the notes that are being produced.

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  • In addition to drums, there were gourds, banjo-like instruments, and quill pipes made from reeds strapped together like panpipes.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • The repertoire is seeded with musical jokes, from cuckoos in Bach and frogs in Telemann to a toy symphony written by Mozart's father, Leopold—it's occasionally still performed with jangling tambourines, whistling panpipes and plastic flutophones.

    Artists Playing With Toys

  • Same route, just more noise this time, as we were led by a band of men from the community playing the drums and zampoñas (panpipes).

    ¡Que Viva Sucre! « Wanderings

  • I played the electronic keyboard and out came panpipes!

    A Peripatetic Pianist Feels at Home With Complexity

  • I know that it is just another example of mass-produced saccharine culture but I even saw one called ‘Celtic panpipes’ once.

    Hollow

  • They were spared the TV ads for Zamfir and his panpipes.

    Archive 2008-10-01

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  • See syrinx.

    April 26, 2008

  • Pan-pipes always remind me of Lovecraft, though I think he may have just said pipes most of the time.

    "There in the moonlight that flooded the spacious plain was a spectacle which no mortal, having seen it, could ever forget. To the sound of reedy pipes that echoed over the bog there glided silently and eerily a mixed throng of swaying figures, reeling through such a revel as the Sicilians may have danced to Demeter in the old days under the harvest moon beside the Cyane."

    -- H.P. Lovecraft, The Moon-Bog

    April 26, 2008

  • The panpipes flowchart somehow reminds me of this:

    chart

    April 26, 2008

  • I enjoyed the panflute flowchart so much that it hurt a little! Thanks!

    April 26, 2008

  • You can buy the panflute flowchart T-shirt on the same website!

    April 26, 2008

  • I'll take two!

    April 26, 2008

  • Hahaha! That's priceless, Pro--thanks.

    April 26, 2008

  • Enjoy this panflute flowchart.

    April 26, 2008