Archive for the ‘electronic’ Category

A Guide to Window-Dressing

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

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A Guide to Window-Dressing is processed 22 edo electric guitar.

the obvious signs

Saturday, August 13th, 2016
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the obvious signs is a collaboration of poetry by tanner brockwell, performance midi by William Newbold, and synth / arrangement by me in 19 note per octave tuning.


(there is time but it seems gone)

the obvious signs
of the seasonal change
i could name them all
or simply let the new winds
wrap around me in the last light
of the day this day
this near to the end
notched again upon my mind
there is time but it seems gone
slipped like sands
uncountable through fingers
i must find the center
return to a peaceful balance
too long on the edge
dare i dream of contented time
feeling free to let go
i could catch my breath
i could hold it again
finally able to say
hewre is peace

(my limbs sleep numb )
i dreamt
i woke in verdant fields
emerald lay
on this pleasant land
so surprised to see
all about me jade
clumped bursting forth
my limbs sleep numb
trying to stretch them out
my fingers found a leafy mound
warm to touch
and hid beneath
a secret fruit
it i but stirred
i could sense the sweet
allure of a hidden pleasure
but my limbs seized
by some frightful cold
i could not help but swoon
in to dark depths
pull me from my rest
wake me my dear
the sleepy turquoise
to your emerald Verdigris

Tobruk

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

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Tobruk – a short solo piece using the iOS app Geoshred

The Odd Reflection

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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