Archive for the ‘ensemble’ Category

Solo 8 string guitar just intonation in 12 equal steps

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

I found an 8 string Dean RC8x guitar for about $200 at the salvation army. In this example I tuned the open strings to a just chord and improvised. Click on the picture above to enlarge.
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When Pigs Swim (19 edo)

Monday, June 12th, 2017


Using my GR-20 driven by my 19 edo electric guitar – so the bass soft synth as well as the sax patch on the GR-20 is in 19. Not a perfect performance – though I forgot how much I enjoyed being a one man band this way. Drums by session drummer. When Pigs Swim

Sweeney’s Agony

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

A fair use illustration of using a poem fragment from Sweeny Agonistes as song lyrics. What is unusual about this piece by Eliot is that it was intended to have musical rhythms in the meter, though conceived in a jazz context. Here is an illustration in a blues context. Source is Collected Poems 1909 – 1935 Copyright T. S. Eliot.

Sweeney’s Agony – Johnny Pumphandle Remix
Sweeney’s Agony – First version

Vocal, fretless electric guitar, rhodes (Dimension Pro), tenor sax (Dimension Pro), and drums (Session 3 drummer). All but the drums are live performances.

Purple Fog (BP-JI)

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Purple Fog is a microtonal collaboration between Bill Newbold and myself – Bill provided the midi performance and I arranged it with synthesizers tuned to Bohlen-Pierce non-tempered JI tuning.

I can’t remember where I pinched the picture from – thank you photographer!

under a peculiar sky (17 edo with glitch video)

Monday, May 29th, 2017

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Baltimore (processed 17 edo guitar)

Monday, May 29th, 2017


full screen viewing is recommended

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Sound provided by 17 equal guitar using Moog MF ring, Boss DA-2 adaptive distortion, Boss MO-2 Adaptive Overtone pedals and software effects.

Its a Glitch (Just Intonation, Video)

Friday, May 19th, 2017


using melodyne, sonar, audacity and movie studio – version 2 audio track (which I prefer)
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using melodyne, sonar, audacity and movie studio – version 1 soundtrack
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Rivendell for altered voice and percussion

Saturday, May 13th, 2017


Rivendell is a short piece performed on the Alesis Q49 using Kontakt, Exhale, and Requiem.

Slide for More (9 edo for strings, brass, and woodwinds)

Sunday, April 30th, 2017


Slide for More is a composition for strings, brass, and woodwinds realized through Sonar and Kontakt’s factory library. Scoredatura is linked here. Picture by Chris Vaisvil

Its a Burden (a Capella Semaphore 19)

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Its a Burden in Semaphore[19] retuned by Melodyne from the 12 equal version

Its a Burden in 12 equal

Its a Burden compared – left is 12 equal, right Semaphore[19] – on speakers the changes in tuning is very evident

click the file to see the enlarged Melodyne view