Archive for the ‘improvisation’ Category

un·in·tel·li·gi·ble for 19 edo guitar and voice

Monday, February 6th, 2017


adjective: unintelligible for 19 edo guitar and voice
impossible to understand.
“dolphin sounds are unintelligible to humans”
synonyms: incomprehensible, indiscernible, mumbled, indistinct, unclear, slurred, inarticulate, incoherent, garbled

Submariner_1025_383_[19] Meantone

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017


A 6 minute or so Linnstrument improvisation with the newly minted Submariner_1025_383_[19] Meantone from Scott Dakota.

! Submariner_1025_383_[19].scl
!
Period: 1025/512, generator 383/256. Septimal meantone with a lot of /2^n self-coherent-beating intervals. Scott Dakota Jan 2017.
19
!
75.32556
117.86601
146689/131200
268.51712
67240000/56181887
386.38313
428.92358
1025/766
579.57469
622.11514
383/256
772.76625
815.30671
56181887/33587200
933.17271
1050625/586756
1083.82383
1126.36428
1025/512

9 note diatonic Bohlen-Pierce Improvisation

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

9 note diatonic Bohlen-Pierce Linnstrument and Pianoteq Standard Improvisation – Tuning supplied by Scott Thompson
audio only

! BP-iso579-MOS9.scl
!
9-note MOS of BP diatonic with linear/isoharmonic 5:7:9, per Steve Martin | p = 3/1 (1901.955 c) | g = 438.038 c
!
9
!
288.235
438.038
726.273
876.076
1164.311
1314.114
1602.349
1752.152
1901.955

Linnstrument using Soniccouture’s reed organ in Adaptive JI

Friday, January 20th, 2017


audio only

Linnstrument Improvisation in 106 edo (video)

Monday, January 16th, 2017



(best viewed full screen, video is 1080p)

Linnstrument Improvisation in 106 edo (audio only) is a moderate length piece that explores the wonderful soundscape that 106 edo can create. In a previous post I received this comment on Reddit’s microtonal subreddit “I generally like the sound of Bohlen-Pierce. I’m interested in this piece but confused by your methodology.” So I thought I would write something about my improvisation method as the video compiles. Essentially my approach to improvisations is an aurally informed pattern recognition with development. If you watch the video closely you will see places where I run into a note combination I don’t like and back away from it somewhat quickly and in others where I find a fingering I like and replicate it in either hand or as “blocks” played off against each other. 106 notes per octave makes melodic development especially challenging though it is rich harmonically with many nuances and to my ears a way of letting you settle into a harmony that may at first sound strange but re-orientates your ears to hear it as pleasing or at least interesting. Certainly with 106 edo it is very hard to get caught up in 12 edo sounding cliches! So I hope that gives a little bit of an answer to the question I received on Reddit. video download

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)
 9
!
 141.64621
 440.43170
 582.07790
 880.86339
 1022.50960
 1321.29509
 1462.94130
 1761.72679
 1903.37300

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

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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)