Archive for the ‘piano layout’ Category

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

For Three Police Scanners and Three Synthesizers

Friday, July 11th, 2014

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For Three Police Scanners and Three Synthesizers – tuning 17 edo

Someone Who Knows

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

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(it may take a short time for the music to load)

Someone Who Knows is an improvisation in a tuning devised by Claudi Meneghin – click the song icon for more music and tuning work by him. The tuning which he devised is a subset of 23 note Golden Werckmeister Well Temperamentclick here for a follow along resolution reduced scoredatura of the piece.

! E:\cakewalk\scales\17of23Werckmeister_Claudi_Meneghin.scl
17 note of 23 note Golden Werckmeister Well temperament subset
17
!
72.435
88.199
192.162
264.597
296.125
384.325
456.76
504.052
576.487
696.214
768.649
792.295
888.376
960.811
1000.221
1080.539
1200.386

For Flute and Piano in 17 Notes per Octave

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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For Flute and Piano in 17 Notes Per Octave is a short piece that dispenses with functional harmony and is a classical sounding piece with a chord progression closer to 70’s rock music, but in 17 notes per octave. One of the features of the main theme is a “flexible” passing tone used to better harmonize in context of the left hand defining fifth. This (simple) piece is performed on my 17 edo keyboard layout after a bit of practice. Piano and flute recorded in separate takes.

Soul Urn for 17 edo Choir with Video

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Soul Urn is a work for choir in 17 edo (17 notes per octave) using the Kontakt morphing vowel choir on my DIY 17 edo keyboard layout. Follow along PDF scoredatura

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full quality video download

Moving With an Incompetent Stagger

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

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Moving With an Incompetent Stagger is a reference to how rough my improvisation is as I continue to acclimate to my 17 equal piano layout. Hitting the right black key can be tricky with them next to each other. However, the tuning did (and still does) deserve further exploration. See the previous post for the scala format of the tuning.

Just for You to Talk Again (17 note Pythagorean)

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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Just for You to Talk Again performed on my 17 note per octave keyboard.

! pyth_17.scl
!
17-tone Pythagorean scale
17
!
256/243
2187/2048
9/8
32/27
19683/16384
81/64
4/3
1024/729
729/512
3/2
128/81
6561/4096
27/16
16/9
59049/32768
243/128
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Brass Ensemble in 17 Equal with Bass Drum and Tamtam

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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Brass Ensemble in 17 Equal with Bass Drum and Tamtam using my 17 equal piano layout. I tried to use a lot of neutral-ish thirds.

Wind Blown Specters of Tomorrow

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

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Wind Blown Specters of Tomorrow is a piece in 17 edo performed on my 17 edo piano layout using a Long String Aeolian Harp sample in Kontakt. If you want to join in the fun I am offering you a night’s worth of LSAH samples at the folder http://clones.soonlabel.com/public/Aeolian_samples/20131111_aeolian_night/. Please credit me if you use them – and let me hear what you did too!

Impromptu in 17 of 31 edo tuning (17 edo keyboard)

Monday, November 11th, 2013

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Impromptu in 17 of 31 edo tuning from the scala archive (below) on my 17 note per octave keyboard layout.
(apologies for the slip stream update)
! 17-31.scl
!
17 out of 31, with split C#/Db, D#/Eb, F#/Gb, G#/Ab and A#/Bb
17
!
77.41935
116.12903
193.54839
270.96774
309.67742
387.09677
503.22581
580.64516
619.35484
696.77419
774.19355
812.90323
890.32258
967.74194
1006.45161
1083.87097
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