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Floater

You may not enjoy this type of thing, but I find it oddly relaxing. This is a fairly simple patch in VCV Rack. Three FM-type sine oscillators are playing a convoluted pattern in a subset of 19-note equal temperament. You’ll … Continue reading

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Gibberish

Music has been described as a universal language. This is a nice way of saying that people all over the world play music. But as a practical matter, every culture develops its own music. When a European or American listener, … Continue reading

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Tune Me Up

For microtonality freaks only — I gathered the information below for an article in Electronic Musician. It’s still available on their website, or was the last time I looked. But just to spread it around a little, I thought I’d … Continue reading

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The Microtone Zone

Having nothing better to do tonight, I searched YouTube for “microtonal.” I had never heard anything in 26-tone or 7-tone equal temperament, so I learned something. They’re both wildly exotic temperaments, and that seems to be part of the point … Continue reading

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Notes on 53ET

Had a quick look this afternoon at 53-note-per-octave equal temperament. This is reputed to be a very good-sounding scale, and it is. But its behavior is a little peculiar. For those who arrived late, the octave-based equal temperaments that have … Continue reading

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The Theory of 31

The theory of harmony in 12-note equal temperament is pretty interesting, and not terribly complicated. (I’ve written a book about it, in fact — Chords & Harmony is available from Hal Leonard Publishing.) Being able to talk about how chords … Continue reading

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More About Tunings

Thanks to the improved workflow in QuteCsound, it’s getting easier to experiment with alternate tuning systems. Also, I’ve learned a couple of tricks for organizing Csound scores. While enjoying the pure sounds of just intonation, I’ve been realizing that I … Continue reading

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Fun with Microtuning

The latest version of u-he Zebra2 (2.3) adds an on/off switch for “voice drift.” This is great news for anyone who cares about alternate tunings. In earlier versions of Zebra, there was a small hard-wired random pitch variation from note … Continue reading

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