Understanding the Quadruple Flutes of Teotihuacan, Mexico

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of a study on the quadruple flutes (multiple pipes) from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Teotihuacan, Mexico, based on a thorough examination of the fragmented, restored and partly reconstructed archaeological finds and the manufacture and subsequent test of a series of playable reproductions with a refined reconstructive design. For the latter, organological features, such as the diameter, number and position of the fingerholes/tone holes and the length of the individual pipes of the restored finds are challenged and a new design is proposed that might be closer to the original construction of the Teotihuacan instruments. The study reveals a better understanding of the particular construction, acoustics and musical possibilities of the Teotihuacan quadruple flutes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-169
Number of pages13
JournalHeritage
Volume5
Issue number1
Early online date11 Jan 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022

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