Bagpipes in Experimental Music 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

As California-based piper-composer Matthew Welch argues, thanks to an interest in drones, unfixed pitches, and duration, the world of experimental music is ready for the bagpipes. This, in turn, feeds back into tradition: On his 2021 album A New Compleat Theory of the Highland Bagpipe, Welch performs compositions by Anthony Braxton and Philip Glass alongside the traditional Highland forms ceol mor (great music, or pibroch) and ceol beag (light music). They all come together in his ceol nua, works that combine aspects of traditional piping with motifs, structures, and procedures from avant-garde and classical music.