Archive for the ‘Bouzouki’ Category

Three Pieces for Stringed Instruments

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

audio only

audio only

And a piece for 31 edo Bouzouki

By Any Other Name (31 edo rock band)

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

012rs Photo by Chris Vaisvil

By Any Other Name is a 31 note per octave rock band composition using several tracks of 31 note per octave bouzouki, fretless bass and drums. The music makes use of the consonant 3rds that 31 edo provides as well as its hyperchromaticism.

The McMurdo Session – Xenharmonic Gang of Five

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

xenharmonic_gang_of_five Left to Right Andrew Heathwaite, Aaron Krister Johnson, Jacob Barton, Dan Stearns and myself

These recordings are totally unrehearsed improvisations that took place at my home. As a consequence there is wandering and going down paths that were discarded. I attempted to curate the best parts of an all day session. Much of the music wouldn’t make sense without enduring the development before something jelled. Two pieces of this session were previously released and are included here to complete the session. Instruments – voice, trombone, udderbot, clarinet, 15 edo, 17 edo, 19 edo, 20 edo, 22edo guitars and fretless banjo, guitar and bass, gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, DIY erhu, 31 edo bouzuki, various electronics and percussion. We freely mixed tunings and our compositional goal was to have a good time! We hope you enjoy these recordings.

The Gift of Structure

I Forgot Your Hat

Racetrack Playa

vacuum energy jello

La Mystique des Quinze

Carry On

The One True Tuning

A Touch of Blues (in 31 edo)

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014


A Touch of Blues (in 31 edo) is an improvisation on Andrew Heathwaite’s 31 edo bouzouki. It has an odd stereo field created by using a cheap guitar sound hole pick up and a microphone both hard-panned left and right respectively. The pick up placement is shown in the graphic above.

Please Don’t Forget – 31 edo Bouzouki and Vocal Improv with video

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Please Don’t Forget is an improvisation (vocal line, words and bouzouki) based upon some chords I found when tuning the instrument to G C E C’. The instrument is on loan from Andrew Heathwaite and is being thoroughly enjoyed! No slide was used. It seems the small 39 cent steps in 31 give the glissando the illusion of being portamento. Full quality video is here.

31 edo Bouzouki Improvisation

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
on loan from Andrew Heathwaite

on loan from Andrew Heathwaite

31 edo Bouzouki Improvisation – playing with some chords and patterns I’ve discovered so far in G D G’ D’ tuning.