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Its something I never tried – for some reason I just thought that the Kontakt note per octave would stop at 99 notes per octave and just never tried to push it much past 26 edo or so. But, when investigating things related to my Parva I just let the note per octave number go…. well into the 300’s with no sign of hitting a limit. Of course, with only 128 midi notes, 300 divisions of an octave in one instrument is not terribly useful, though 106 edo is something I’ve come to really enjoy and the Kontakt Factory String Ensemble in all of its glory accepts this tuning with grace and poise. No chipmunks or weridly mutilated samples here! So, for my enjoyment and I hope yours as well, I present this short 106 edo improvisation. Clicking into the note per octave number lets you type in your desired division directly.
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By using stacked keyboard note to frequency settings in the Parva modulation matrix I happened on this tuning that has a very nice sounding 318 cent near just minor third and a 1470 cent “9th” interval. This -almost- closes at the octave + tritone – which is close enough that Melodydne doesn’t show the octave with the default settings thinking it is an overtone.
This re-tuning technique relies on changing the midi note to pitch relationship called in some circles the “slope” of the keyboard.
For an Imaginary Solo String Ensemble
Photo by Chris Vaisvil
Bela Bartok’s composition Mikrokosmos #153 trans-tuned to 26 edo and arranged for Chamber Ensemble – flute, marimba, french horns, cellos. Photo by Chris Vaisvil
Equator is a standalone and VST that ships with the Roli Rise and Seaboard family. This is a short video demonstration that combines playing various voices and using the controller’s various surfaces.
The Apparition of Government is a short Pianoteq improvisation using Petr Parizek 19 note meantone tuning. I took the photo.
! mtsoa19.scl ! Meantone with stretched octaves, enharmonic scale (Gb to B#) 19 ! 70.67242686428 121.28963620165 191.96206306593 262.63448993022 313.25169926758 383.92412613187 454.59655299615 505.21376233352 575.88618919780 626.50339853517 697.17582539945 767.84825226373 818.46546160110 889.13788846538 959.81031532966 1010.42752466703 1081.09995153131 1151.77237839560 1202.38958773297
A Postcard from Trappist 1 is an adaptive Just Intonation improvisation using the Parva synthesizer.
Using the first movement of Debussy’s string quartet I trans-tuned from 12 to 26 notes per octave and further developed the derivative by transposition and tempo adjustment. The result, to my ears, is much more early 21th century than late 19th century string quartet.