Eye of a Needle (solo piano Pythagorean Tuning)

April 10th, 2014

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Eye of a Needle is a solo piece in Pythagorean tuning (the preset in Pianoteq) where I purposefully try to mix some distant relation chords together.

Judas Iscariot Recants His Betrayal (Electric Piano in JI, Harmonic Series and Carlos Gamma)

April 7th, 2014

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Judas Iscariot Recants His Betrayal exclusively uses Sonic Couture’s EP73 Deconstructed and is an ambient leaning piece performed live. The piece uses 3 simultaneous tunings, 7 limit JI, Carlos Gamma, and unoctave reduced harmonic series and five EP73 sample sets (normal, mallet, bowed, plucked, and effects). The retuning was accomplished with Sonic Couture’s Xenharmonium script.

36 hours with the DIY Electric Aeolian Harp (audio collage of selected recordings – Harmonic Series, unoctave reduced)

April 6th, 2014

The audio in the video is a selected annotated collection of Electric Aeolian Harp recordings taken over a consecutive 36 hour period. During that time the environment changed (wind, rain, sleet, snow) and I changed the tuning of the harp. The project is unfinished actually. I got to the point where I questioned if the relatively short segments was really giving the listener the experience I have when I put in the ear buds and listen to my harp live. So, I’m working on a better presentation of a collection of DIY electric aeolian harp recordings. Warning!! This has a very large dynamic range!!

Also I need apologize for the noise which results from working with so many different recordings across so many different sound levels and quality because snow, rain, etc. affects that. You can download the full quality video and the mp3 at this URL.

Music only – 43 minutes

The Log Jam (22 edo rock band)

April 3rd, 2014

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Below is the new Version 2 based on some input from Frank – its a bit heavier and less vocal centric.

Below is version 1

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The Log Jam is a collaboration between Frank Miller and myself. Frank composed and performed the drums. The 22 edo guitar from Metatonal Music (Ron Sword) was used for the rest of the music, I did my typically poor job at singing.

The Three Temptations – Solo 22 edo Electric Guitar

April 1st, 2014

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The three Temptations – is a loosely programmatic piece improvised around a framework for solo electric 22 edo guitar. The guitar is from Metatonal Music (Ron Sword).

A Breath of Grace (Sitar in Just Intonation)

March 28th, 2014

just the music – which will take a little bit to load.

TO download the video or music follow this link.

He Rebuked the Wind… (Processed Aeolian Harp in Harmonic Series Tuning)

March 27th, 2014

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He Rebuked the Wind… is a semi-aleatoric ambient composition in un-octave reduced harmonic series tuning based on an open chord of tonic, octave+ fifth, two octaves+ just seventh on my aeolian harp during a fairly strong wind event. The original stereo recording was placed into 4 separate stereo tracks with different effects. Then for some of the tracks automation was applied to the effects. DAW is Sonar X3.

The Magi and Herod (Sitar in Just Intonation)

March 24th, 2014

You can download the full quality video and the mp3 at this self referential folder. Warning – NO attempt at playing authentic classical Indian music is made. None.

music only…. though half the fun is seeing my sitar faces :-)

with a little luck you might be able to see the wondrous instruments of Andy’s Music in Chicago which is where I purchased the sitar.

On a Windy Day

March 21st, 2014
The Red Queen's race is an incident that appears in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass and involves the Red Queen, a representation of a Queen in chess, and Alice constantly running but remaining in the same spot.     "Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else — if you run very fast for a long time, as we've been doing."     "A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

The Red Queen’s race is an incident that appears in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and involves the Red Queen, a representation of a Queen in chess, and Alice constantly running but remaining in the same spot.
“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.”
“A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

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Consider the music a 2.5 hour (350 megabyte) electric aeolian harp equivalent of a wind chime thanks to an extended high wind event. The wind gets very strong at times and really pushes some high harmonics out with high string tinkles and hum and beating. At times it sounds like someone is actually sweeping the strings like a harp arpeggio. If you want to stream this the link at the bottom of this page is your better bet – otherwise if you are on a feast connection use the link that follows or simply download it to you favorite device. Feel free to sample and use as long as I get a mention and I’d really like to hear what you come up with too!

Salome Dances for the Bargain of Herodias (piano solo in 21 edo)

March 21st, 2014
Herodias by Paul Delaroche

Herodias by Paul Delaroche

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Salome Dances for the Bargain of Herodias – piano solo in 21 edo