Archive for the ‘improvisation’ Category

Bohlen-Pierce Diatonic Video Improvisation on Linnstrument

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

audio only

The tuning is this file from the Scala archive

! bohlen_diat_top.scl
BP Diatonic, TOP tuning (245/243 tempered)

Demo of Shoom, a Microtonal iPad App

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

I take trip through Shoom after Keenan Lawler mentioned it, and I found I actually had it installed. It is a superb microtonal aware synthesizer that is also a controller. My tour is a bit leisurely and only goes into a bit of what this program can do. It is highly recommended. It was $5.99 when it was first released, currently I believe the app store price is $9.99 – still quite affordable. The noise you hear in places are the actual (and unusual) preset settings of the app.

Morpheus Wing in 26 edo

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

Picture by Chris Vaisvil

Morpheus Wing in 26 edo uses soniccouture’s Morpheus in 26 nots per octave tuning. Played on a AKM320 32 note keyboard with use of the octave keys.

King Island [Alaska] (ambient bass)

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

King Island (Bering Sea, Alaska, USA; 64°58‘9’N, 168°3‘56‘‘W)

Ambient 6 string bass and Guitar Rig 5

Cucumber in Brine

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Cucumber in Brine is a directed improvisation played on a Linnstrument with Diva, Brazile, ACE, and Zeta+ 2 synths all tuned to 17 edo (17 equal temperament)

Welcome Gaia (106 edo)

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

welcome_gaia_score “Score” of performance

Welcome Gaia is a Linnstrument performance in MPE mode using a Diva patch in 106 edo (equal division of the octave). Even with the Linnstrument and its 200 pads 106 notes per octave puts a strain on what midi can currently do. In this performance I use pitch bends to extend the pitch space and also to add expression.

The Diva patch settings look like this

16 Psyche (solo BP guitar)

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

psyche20150929nasa Image by NASA

16 Psyche – a short improvisation on solo Bohlen-Pierce guitar

A Clean Machine (adaptive JI classical guitar via Melodyne)

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

407crop Note Melodyne manual calls adaptive JI “dynamic” JI – see entry down the page by clicking the photo I took.

A Clean Machine – classical guitar re-composed to adaptive Just Intonation with a few “interesting” surprises introduced by Melodyne’s programming.

Chagall [17]

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

chagall[17] Graphic by Scott Dakota August 2016

Scott Dakota developed a new tuning called “Chagall[17]” and I record a Linnstrument improvisation with pianoteq in the tuning as a demonstration. The tuning is below.

! Chagall[17].scl
(771/256)^(1/3) generator, ~13/9. Superb scale. Like 17&83 temperament in the subgroup. Scott Dakota, July 2016.

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