This composition is a setting of a poem by James Shirley read by Lori Jordan and set in 24 edo by Linnstrument performance.
James Shirley. 1596–1666
Death the Leveller
The glories of our blood and state
Are shadows, not substantial things;
There is no armour against Fate;
Death lays his icy hand on kings:
Sceptre and Crown
Must tumble down,
And in the dust be equal made
With the poor crookèd scythe and spade.
Some men with swords may reap the field,
And plant fresh laurels where they kill:
But their strong nerves at last must yield;
They tame but one another still:
Early or late
They stoop to fate,
And must give up their murmuring breath
When they, pale captives, creep to death.
The garlands wither on your brow,
Then boast no more your mighty deeds!
Upon Death’s purple altar now
See where the victor-victim bleeds.
Your heads must come
To the cold tomb:
Only the actions of the just
Smell sweet and blossom in their dust.
Its a Queer Time, a setting of a poem written by Robert Graves and read by Pete Marchetto from librivox tuned in 22 edo, 11 edo, and 43 JI running on 8 different synths. The technology behind the audio is using Gestrument as a performance controller and transmitting its midi output over ethernet using rtpMIDI (thank you Tobias!!) as a Windows surrogate for Apple Bonjour – the end result is that I play the Gestrument on my iPad and Sonar sees the midi from it as a virtual midi controller. Then it is simply a matter of routing each midi channel to separate tracks each with a microtonal aware synthesizer [panned a bit uniquely] – the audio was then added, the midi tracks trimmed appropriately and then married to the video. Since the video and Librivox licenses are public domain by necessity my musical setting of these resources is public domain as well.
For Quincas Moriera – the long version of the music.
Loosely Controlled Variations is a short piece created by using scalegen to create a file for 17 edo tuning for Gestrument and then performing on the Gestrument a mix of 17 edo with just a little 12 edo.
For the Eel River is a short improvisation in John O’Sullivan’s Blue JI tuning on my Linnstrument using a layout like that of GeoShred which makes it pretty easy for me to play music in 12-ish tunings.
Here's a 17-note JI tuning based on prime 71.
17-note set based on prime 71