Archive for the ‘electronic’ Category


Saturday, August 6th, 2016


Tobruk – a short solo piece using the iOS app Geoshred

The Odd Reflection

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

S096381_crop6 Picture by Chris Vaisvil

The Odd Reflection is composition for synthesizers and ribbon controller (nominally) in 19 edo. Its a bit glitchy too.

Its a Queer Time (a microtonal setting of a Robert Graves poem)

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Its a Queer Time, a setting of a poem written by Robert Graves and read by Pete Marchetto from librivox tuned in 22 edo, 11 edo, and 43 JI running on 8 different synths. The technology behind the audio is using Gestrument as a performance controller and transmitting its midi output over ethernet using rtpMIDI (thank you Tobias!!) as a Windows surrogate for Apple Bonjour – the end result is that I play the Gestrument on my iPad and Sonar sees the midi from it as a virtual midi controller. Then it is simply a matter of routing each midi channel to separate tracks each with a microtonal aware synthesizer [panned a bit uniquely] – the audio was then added, the midi tracks trimmed appropriately and then married to the video. Since the video and Librivox licenses are public domain by necessity my musical setting of these resources is public domain as well.

For Quincas Moriera – the long version of the music.

Political Discourse (Carlos alpha)

Friday, March 11th, 2016


Political Discourse is a short improvisation in Carlos Alpha using U-he Diva and performed on the Linnstrument in MPE mode.

Leaping into the Sky (Pythagorean 432 Hz)

Monday, February 29th, 2016


Leaping into the Sky is a short edited improvisation using a Brazille preset that came with 432 Hz centered Pythagorean tuning using my Linnstrument in Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression mode. I hope you enjoy it. The picture was taken as I left North Carolina last year after our three nights of concerts in Reinhard 128.

Gregor Samsa Awakens (106 edo)

Sunday, February 14th, 2016


Gregor Samsa Awakens is my second piece on the theme of The Metamorphosis. This version is in 106 edo using Aalto, several copies of Brazille, Session Drummer and Linnstrument. The other piece on this theme is orchestral and in 11 edo.

Simple Passwords (5th root of 7/6)

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

IMG_9885crop Photo by Chris Vaisvil – password by Comcast

Simple Passwords is a proof of concept improvisation. Here I use Fractal Tune Smithy 3 to retune my Linnstrument’s output in real time to play Moog’s iPad app Animoog connected by rtpMIDI in a decidedly microtonal tuning via pitch bends. – Its not perfect as some shifts are heard in held notes,though as with my gr-20 retuning work I feel confident this will be worked out once I find the proper settings. Frankly I find this to be exciting because almost any iPad app can be played in an alternate tuning by this method.

Tuning by X. J. Scott 5th root of 7/6 = (7/6)^(1/5)
32/31~ 16/15~ 11/10~ 9/8~ 7/6 6/5~ 31/25~ 9/7~ 29/22~ 49/36 7/5~ 13/9~ 3/2~ 17/11~ 343/216 18/11~ 22/13~ 7/4~ 9/5~ 2401/1296 21/11~ 65/33~

Racetrack Playa (6 edo-ish)

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

1920px-Deathvalleysky_nps_big Photograph by Dan Duriscoe, for the U.S. National Park Service

Racetrack Playa – a 6 edo-ish (whole tone) tuned piece using Korg MS2000, Animoog, Absynth 5, Arp 2600 simulation, Albino, Linnstrument, TC Data, Izotope Stutter edit and rtpMIDI, recorded in Sonar

Mt. Herschel (Pseudo 10 edo by keyboard slope)

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Photo taken by Andrew Mandemaker., CC BY-SA 2.5, $3

Photo taken by Andrew Mandemaker., CC BY-SA 2.5, $3

Mt. Herschel is an practiced improvisation using pianoteq in 10 edo and my Korg MS2000 in a close to 10 edo tuning by using keyboard slope. Below is the Melodyne output of a short section of the tuning played “chromatically” with a softer timbre.
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There was a preceding experiment using a different keyboard slope tuning – synthesizer only

2 o’clock on Herschel Mountain
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Deep Time 1 (19 edo electronic)

Sunday, January 24th, 2016


Deep Time 1 is the first in a series of a planned song cycle based on this theme. This piece uses a ribbon controller to control Aalto and Linnstrument to control Absynth.