Being Cauliflower (feat. Shane Cadman, Chris Vaisvil, Jude Cowan and mashed by Steve Layton) – Nearly every musician has had the experience where they join in a free-form unplanned improvisation and magic happens in the room as everyone seem to pull their parts from the air and make a cohesive whole. As one who has experienced that I have to say it is an awesome feeling of being “plugged in”. What is even more incredible is when this happens when the respective musicians can’t hear each other and separated by hundreds or thousands of miles across the internet. Steve Layton in 2012 took a number of separately recorded tracks for the then ImprovFriday (now sound-in.org) and put them together with little editing and the result is one of my favorite collaborative tracks “Being Califlower”. I hope you enjoy it as well.
The Naked Sun is a performed composition in 22 notes per octave realized with the Linnstrument and Pianoteq.
Picture by Chris Vaisvil
Cloudy Moon in 9th root of 4 thirds tuning [(4/3)^(1/9)] performed on a Linnstrument playing a fractal tune smithy relay retuned iPad Alchemy (Guitar PM Acoustic patch, modified)
multichannel midi file of performance – a capture of the retuned performance
the midi / audio path is below
Linnstrument => LoopBe => Fractal Tune Smithy => Sonar midi in (and recorded) => Sonar midi out => rtpMIDI => wifi => iPad running Alchemy => iPad audio => USB audio in => Sonar audio track in (and recorded)
For Mark L. Vines – Cloudy Moon 2 a new improvisation.
Simple Passwords is a proof of concept improvisation. Here I use Fractal Tune Smithy 3 to retune my Linnstrument’s output in real time to play Moog’s iPad app Animoog connected by rtpMIDI in a decidedly microtonal tuning via pitch bends. – Its not perfect as some shifts are heard in held notes,though as with my gr-20 retuning work I feel confident this will be worked out once I find the proper settings. Frankly I find this to be exciting because almost any iPad app can be played in an alternate tuning by this method.
Tuning by X. J. Scott 5th root of 7/6 = (7/6)^(1/5)
32/31~ 16/15~ 11/10~ 9/8~ 7/6 6/5~ 31/25~ 9/7~ 29/22~ 49/36 7/5~ 13/9~ 3/2~ 17/11~ 343/216 18/11~ 22/13~ 7/4~ 9/5~ 2401/1296 21/11~ 65/33~
Photo by Chris Vaisvil
Poly Tuned Synth Collection uses the following:
Z3ta+ 2 Denny Genovese 24 – 28 harmonics w/ ribbon controller
absynth’s harmonic series w/ TC Data
aalto’s harmonic series w/ TC Data
albino 22 edo w/ TC Data
Xen FMTS 2 harmonics 12-24 w/ Linnstrument
This is mostly about being a study to learn using midi over wifi with toby bears rtpMIDI and TC-DATA
Racetrack Playa – a 6 edo-ish (whole tone) tuned piece using Korg MS2000, Animoog, Absynth 5, Arp 2600 simulation, Albino, Linnstrument, TC Data, Izotope Stutter edit and rtpMIDI, recorded in Sonar
Drilling on Ceres – building star ships by mining asteroids – a soundscape in 17 edo using Aalto and the Linnstrument.
Mt. Herschel is an practiced improvisation using pianoteq in 10 edo and my Korg MS2000 in a close to 10 edo tuning by using keyboard slope. Below is the Melodyne output of a short section of the tuning played “chromatically” with a softer timbre.
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There was a preceding experiment using a different keyboard slope tuning – synthesizer only
2 o’clock on Herschel Mountain
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Deep Time 1 is the first in a series of a planned song cycle based on this theme. This piece uses a ribbon controller to control Aalto and Linnstrument to control Absynth.