Archive for the ‘ensemble’ Category

20 edo electric guitar video performance.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017


audio only

Wilson 17 tone 5 limit (scala archive)

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017



A short piano improvisation with the DIY 17 note midi controller and the tuning below.
photo by Chris Vaisvil

! wilson_17.scl
!
Wilson's 17-tone 5-limit scale
17
!
135/128
10/9
9/8
1215/1024
5/4
81/64
4/3
45/32
729/512
3/2
405/256
5/3
27/16
16/9
15/8
243/128
2/1

3 Movements for Piano in Semaphore [9] Tuning

Sunday, April 9th, 2017


3 Movements for Piano in Semaphore [9] Tuning is an edited performance. Movement 1 opens, movement 2 at 57 seconds, movement 3 at 2:33, total length 4:45

Picture by Chris Vaisvil

This tuning is slightly different from the on on the xenharmonic wiki. 

! semaphore[9].scl
!
9 note scale from some Semaphore temperament. 9 & 5 Fokker block. Generated by http://x31eq.com/temper/
9
!
198.933
397.867
449.913
648.847
700.894
899.827
951.874
1150.807
1202.854

The 19th Sky of Semaphore

Saturday, April 8th, 2017


The 19th Sky of Semaphore is a composition for an imaginary chamber ensemble of two semaphore 19 tuned pianos. Photo by Chris Vaisvil
For comparison I present the same piece in 19 edo. If you listen closely you can hear slight beating in the opening 5th of the piece in the 19 edo version but is not present in the sempahore19 version.

! E:\cakewalk\scales\semaphore-19.scl
!
semaphore19
 19
!
 51.92500
 103.85000
 155.77500
 250.38500
 302.31000
 354.23500
 448.84500
 500.77000
 552.69500
 604.62000
 699.23000
 751.15500
 803.08000
 855.00500
 949.61500
 1001.54000
 1053.46500
 1105.39000
 2/1

Harmonic Series Piano

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Raw harmonic series tuned piano

Here is how this piece was made. I played a 12 string electric guitar with a Wampler sustain pedal and Roland Space Echo pedal. Normalized, and reversed that track. Then I used Melodyne to extract a polyphonic midi representation – more or less that same as what the guitar sounded like. Then I added a midi echo effect that is called echo delay which also has a swing setting. The midi output of that was chained into Sonar’s track midi quantization and additional arpeggiator. This midi stream was then into to Kontakt with the tuning set to the harmonic series as show in the photo below.

Unboxed – for percussion, bowed piano and manipulated voice

Saturday, April 1st, 2017



Unboxed – for percussion, bowed piano and manipulated voice in 10,15,and 5 edo

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.

For an Imaginary Solo String Ensemble

Sunday, March 26th, 2017


For an Imaginary Solo String Ensemble
Photo by Chris Vaisvil

Mikrokosmos #153 in 26 edo for Chamber Ensemble

Saturday, March 25th, 2017



Bela Bartok’s composition Mikrokosmos #153 trans-tuned to 26 edo and arranged for Chamber Ensemble – flute, marimba, french horns, cellos. Photo by Chris Vaisvil

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