The prehistoric flute
is often described mixing mythology with empiricism.
While many divergent theories plausibly explain
the flute’s beginnings, most exclude the underlying
practical issues driving its metamorphosis. Knowing
that the flute’s development is intimately interwoven
with the principles of physics helps explain its
changes throughout time. When we studied this evolutionary
process, it was far more important to learn the
why, rather than where, when and how.
Historically, the flute’s evolution appears to be driven by a
quest for improved sound and musical range. Until
recently the general credo was if it sounds better,
physical comfort not withstanding, it is better.
While the transverse flute’s principle of sound
production is superior to its early vertical predecessors,
arguably it is less ergonomic. The concept of
ergonomics or more simply put, player friendly
instruments is a relatively new approach
to flute design. Drelinger believes that
player-friendly technology only makes
sense if it doesn’t compromise sound quality.
As it turned out, our vertical
design heartily equals the sound of its
transverse counterpart, as beautifully
demonstrated by world class flutists
on recordings from the HomeCookedCD.comTM label.