The Broken Cathedral of Christchurh

The Broken Cathedral of Christchurch is an ambient poly-tuning piece using 11, 12, and 19 notes to the octave. The instruments used are a Korg MS2000 synthesizer, 19 edo electric guitar (several tracks), and 5 string bass – all with liberal application of effects, mixing, and mastering. The piece is dedicated to the Anglican cathedral of Christchurch New Zealand which will be brought down and rebuilt due to extensive earthquake damage.

4 Responses to “The Broken Cathedral of Christchurh”

  1. Michael Kasper says:

    Dear Chris,

    I really liked this piece. Very ambient and slowly transforming. It had a neat trance effect throughout and I enjoy your use of several tuning at one. Like the neoclassical style except three tunings instead of three different keys in 12. Great idea and nicely executed.



  2. John S says:

    Hello Chris,

    Beautiful piece!

    How do you get on with the MS2000’s tuning features? Any experience you have to share would be greatly appreciated.

    I was hoping to be able to tune it without LMSO (polyphonic), maybe by importing a tuning file via sysex? (since there are already some scales in there). If not, I’m guessing 12 note scales via the user definable section (+/- 100 cents) is the only other alternative?

  3. admin says:

    Hi John, as far as I know the MS2000 will only allow +/- 100 cent retuning of each of the 12 notes. BUT… perhaps the ole time method of setting the slope of the keyboard might work as hinted at by this:

    A constant pitch (C4) over keyboard range can be achieved by
    routing [KBD TRACK] to [PITCH] in the VIRTUAL PATCH and set the
    intensity of the modulation to -48.
    (Useful for drum sounds)

    and this:

    Title:Up-side-down keyboard.

    Route [KBD TRACK] to [PITCH] in the VIRTUAL PATCH and set the
    intensity of the modulation to -63. The lowest pitch becomes the highest
    and as you go higher on the keygoard the pitch goes lower. Start on E to play
    backwards a C major scale.

    so, in other words, I didn’t play a complete 19 edo on my synth.

  4. John S says:

    That is interesting use of the keyboard track, and as suggested particularly useful for drum sounds.

    I was hoping to access the scale data stored in the internal memory somehow but it isn’t looking probable. Even then, maybe the data stored which specifies the scales are just derivatives of the same information stored in the user scale anyway.

    I still love the fact that each note can be retuned +/- 100 cents. I actually mostly use 12tET but use un-tuned (‘Shaken’ by LMSO) versions of it to loosen things up a little, so it is great to be able to do that with the MS2000 internally. Un-tuning the MS2000 makes it sound a little more analogue 🙂 I may try to setup one of the Riley tunings on it too.

    Cheers Chris!

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