Archive for the ‘improvisation’ Category

The Abyssal Plains

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

The Abyssal Plains is a piece performed on an Alesis Q88 using Scala to on-the-fly retune a Parva 8 voice synthesizer with added Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 effects recorded and mastered in Sonar Platinum. The tuning has a degree of uncertainty due to pitch bend shifts around a target of 16 edo.

Solo 8 string guitar just intonation in 12 equal steps

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

I found an 8 string Dean RC8x guitar for about $200 at the salvation army. In this example I tuned the open strings to a just chord and improvised. Click on the picture above to enlarge.
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Broken Directions

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017



Broken Directions – ambient 17 edo guitar

Photo by Chris Vaisvil

20 edo electric guitar video performance.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017


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Kontakt Factory String Ensemble in 106 edo

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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Its something I never tried – for some reason I just thought that the Kontakt note per octave would stop at 99 notes per octave and just never tried to push it much past 26 edo or so. But, when investigating things related to my Parva I just let the note per octave number go…. well into the 300’s with no sign of hitting a limit. Of course, with only 128 midi notes, 300 divisions of an octave in one instrument is not terribly useful, though 106 edo is something I’ve come to really enjoy and the Kontakt Factory String Ensemble in all of its glory accepts this tuning with grace and poise. No chipmunks or weridly mutilated samples here! So, for my enjoyment and I hope yours as well, I present this short 106 edo improvisation. Clicking into the note per octave number lets you type in your desired division directly.

The Apparition of Government

Sunday, March 19th, 2017


The Apparition of Government is a short Pianoteq improvisation using Petr Parizek 19 note meantone tuning. I took the photo.

! mtsoa19.scl
!
Meantone with stretched octaves, enharmonic scale (Gb to B#)
19
!
70.67242686428
121.28963620165
191.96206306593
262.63448993022
313.25169926758
383.92412613187
454.59655299615
505.21376233352
575.88618919780
626.50339853517
697.17582539945
767.84825226373
818.46546160110
889.13788846538
959.81031532966
1010.42752466703
1081.09995153131
1151.77237839560
1202.38958773297

A Postcard from Trappist 1

Saturday, March 18th, 2017


A Postcard from Trappist 1 is an adaptive Just Intonation improvisation using the Parva synthesizer.

Parva and Linnstrument – microtonal!

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Indium [17] and 16 edo examples using Scala’s relay tuning to on-the-fly retune my Linnstrument midi into said tunings via the traditional omni pitch bend method. I’m still working out on the perfecting the technique so these dsound examples do have pitch bend and other artifacts. No effects were added – these were taken directly off of the Parva output.

Indium [17] is a tuning developed by Gene Ward Smith

!indium17.scl
!
Indium[17] 2.5/3.7/3.11/3 subgroup scale in 31\253 tuning
17
!
123.32016
147.03557
270.35573
294.07115
417.39130
441.10672
564.42688
588.14229
611.85771
735.17787
758.89328
882.21344
905.92885
1029.24901
1052.96443
1176.28458
2/1 

Spring in February

Monday, February 20th, 2017


Spring in February is an edited improvisation on my Linnstrument playing Pianoteq tuned to SuperPyth mode 1 in 22 edo. I hope you like it. It was nice to step away from 19 edo – and yes I was inspired by Brendan Byrnes excellent xenharmonic tutorial video.

! D:\cakewalk\scales\22_SP\22_SP_mode1 ET.scl
!
22_SP_mode1 ET
 12
!
 54.54545
 218.18182
 272.72727
 436.36364
 490.90909
 654.54545
 709.09091
 763.63636
 927.27273
 981.81818
 1145.45455
 2/1

The Era of Fake News

Saturday, February 18th, 2017


The Era of Fake News was done by using a 70’s fuzz pedal with a cardioid mic to sample gongs, cymbals, singing bowls and chimes. These samples were then loaded into Sonar’s Matrix View and used to create a performance which was captured. Massive reverb was added.


The Era of Fake News Sanatized is the same track using Paul’s Extreme Stretch’s tonal only switch – no time stretching.

If you want to sample it – please give me a credit and link back.