Archive for the ‘ensemble’ Category

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

Re-composition in 26 edo of Debussy’s String Quartet, Movement 1

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Picture by Chris Vaisvil


Using the first movement of Debussy’s string quartet I trans-tuned from 12 to 26 notes per octave and further developed the derivative by transposition and tempo adjustment. The result, to my ears, is much more early 21th century than late 19th century string quartet.

Claire de Lune in Wilson’s Golden Horagram nr.1 tuning

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

By Jessie Eastland – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22864094

Claire de Lune in Wilson’s Golden Horagram number1 tuning using u-he‘s Diva I think shows some of the amazing attributes of Wilson’s tuning systems. Throwing an arbitrary 7 note tuning and coming up with (for a microtonalist) very listenable result is impressive. I hope you enjoy this transtuned rendition as music as I have. The tuning is below.

! wilson_gh1.scl
!
Golden Horagram nr.1: 1phi+0 / 7phi+1
 7
!
 157.52096
 315.04191
 472.56287
 727.43713
 884.95809
 1042.47904
 2/1

a vessel upon a strange sea (for string orchestra and french horn)

Saturday, March 4th, 2017


Photo by Chris Vaisvil

a vessel upon a strange sea (for string orchestra and french horn) uses Garritan Personal Orchestral 5 and was recorded live using a Linnstrument with Sonar Platinum as the DAW. Tuning by Scott Dakota

! D:\cakewalk\scales\Scott_Dakota\6-7-8-14note-constant-structure.scl
!
6:7:8 constant structure
 14
!
 64/63
 9/8
 8/7
 32/27
 9/7
 4/3
 81/56
 3/2
 32/21
 27/16
 12/7
 16/9
 27/14
 2/1

This is not art.

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

audio only polytuned synthesizers and thunderstorm

Spring in February

Monday, February 20th, 2017


Spring in February is an edited improvisation on my Linnstrument playing Pianoteq tuned to SuperPyth mode 1 in 22 edo. I hope you like it. It was nice to step away from 19 edo – and yes I was inspired by Brendan Byrnes excellent xenharmonic tutorial video.

! D:\cakewalk\scales\22_SP\22_SP_mode1 ET.scl
!
22_SP_mode1 ET
 12
!
 54.54545
 218.18182
 272.72727
 436.36364
 490.90909
 654.54545
 709.09091
 763.63636
 927.27273
 981.81818
 1145.45455
 2/1

The Era of Fake News

Saturday, February 18th, 2017


The Era of Fake News was done by using a 70’s fuzz pedal with a cardioid mic to sample gongs, cymbals, singing bowls and chimes. These samples were then loaded into Sonar’s Matrix View and used to create a performance which was captured. Massive reverb was added.


The Era of Fake News Sanatized is the same track using Paul’s Extreme Stretch’s tonal only switch – no time stretching.

If you want to sample it – please give me a credit and link back.