Archive for the ‘ensemble’ Category

Two Videos Performing 17 Note Per Octave Guitar

Sunday, July 9th, 2017



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Patriots in the Summer of 1919 (19 edo guitar)

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017



Patriots in the Summer of 1919 (joyful)


Patriots in the Summer of 1919 (introspective)

Picture from Vaisvil Family album

polynomial time

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

polynomial time is a synthesizer composition in harmonic series segment tuning.

The Bootstrap Paradox (adaptive JI ambient)

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The Bootstrap Paradox is an ambient piece made using a Fender Squier Bass VI, Electroharmonix Pitch Fork, Sonar, Melodyne Adaptive 5-limit JI algorithm, Native Instrument Guitar Rig 5 “all or none” granular synthesis patch.

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


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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.