PH Bamboo Musical Instruments website launched – Manila Newsletter
Good news for students, bamboo musical instrument makers and bamboo plantation owners!
The Department of Science and Technology-Institute for Forest Products Research and Development (DOST-FPRDI) has launched the Bamboo Musical Instruments (BMI) website which will serve as a repository of BMI photos and videos, and a list of species of bamboo used in the manufacture of BMI.
The virtual launch took place on November 25 as part of DOST’s celebration of National Science and Technology Week (NSTW).
DOST-FPRDI Director Dr Romulo T. Aggangan said the results of the Institute’s BMI innovation research and development program are contained in the website.
Launched in 2019, the program aims to provide solutions to the following issues faced by the IMC industry: durability, bamboo species, changing traditions and timbre / tone quality, poor playability, improper tuning.
“Formerly billed as the ‘poor man’s wood’, bamboo is now recognized as an ideal alternative to wood for its versatility, rapid growth and excellent properties,” Aggangan said, describing wood as another promising alternative to wood. .
He said that in 2019, the FPDRI embarked on a research and development program to improve BMIs in the country.
“Through the application of science, the researchers behind this initiative have developed technologies to help improve the process and speed up BMI production. “
Main features of the website include program overview, Philippine BMI, list of commercial manufacturers and indigenous people who produce or manufacture IMC, bamboo species used, value chain or manufacturer, different processing technologies, BMI processing center and publications such as monograph, coffee table, compendium and teaching module.
Aggangan said the stories of indigenous communities and local artisans who have engaged in the production of IMC can be found at phbmi.com.
The website also presents the processing technologies developed by the FPRDI and the technical services offered by the Institute.
“With the information made available to the public, we hope that local entrepreneurs and start-ups will venture into the production of IMC,” said the head of the FPRDI.
He said they are also encouraging schools to use the website content as additional learning material for K-12 students. “Our program partner, the Center d’ethnomusicologie UP, has prepared teaching modules that are for everyone to use,” he added.
BMI’s website should also benefit BMI makers, music lovers; bamboo plantation owners or suppliers; and the general public.
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