Category Archives: microtonal

Roll Your Own Theory

Last night I started musing about how one might develop a coherent theory of harmony (that is, scales and chords) for a tuning with 31 equal-tempered steps per octave. This tuning, which we can call 31et or 31edo for short, … Continue reading

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Tiny Everything

A couple of months ago I learned one or two pieces in Book 4 of Bela Bartok’s Mikrokosmos. And recently one of the people on the Xenharmonic Alliance II group on Facebook posted a link to a really nice piece … Continue reading

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Stepping Out (Csound/JI)

Found this little experiment on my Mac tonight. I had forgotten I did it. [audio¬†https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/18276384/vary_seq.mp3] It isn’t really a piece of music — just a texture. I suppose it’s post-minimalist, if you like genre terminology: It’s not intended to go … Continue reading

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When Is a Volt Not a Volt?

Regular readers of this space (all five of you) will be aware that I’m fussy about intonation. And yet, I’ve acquired an analog modular synthesizer. Go figure. Analog synthesis is good at many things, but precise intonation is not one … Continue reading

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Modular Mojo: More About Pitch

After struggling a bit earlier today (see the previous post) with intonation in my modular synth, I felt I should do a few more tests. There’s some good news to report, and some bad news. Bad news first: The output … Continue reading

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Temper, Temper

I’ve composed upwards of a dozen pieces using microtonal equal temperaments — dividing the octave into 17 steps, or 19, or 20, or 31. What I like about these tunings, beyond the fact that you can modulate freely, is that … Continue reading

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Bashing

For the past week I’ve been on a Reply All email list in which experimental musicians are being loudly abusive of those who don’t like their music. (I’m one of the latter, which is how I got on the list … Continue reading

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