Archive for the ‘22 edo’ Category

For the Sunset

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

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For the Sunset is a 22 edo composition in 70’s rock ensemble format. I’m using my newly installed GK-3 pick up to run the guitar through a Boss GP-10 guitar processor to obtain a faux 22 edo 12 string (opens the song), a Les Paul through stack like lead (alternates with guitar rig 5 lead) and the bass sound. The straight 22 edo sound is present as a counter weight rhythm with chorus. The drums are a mix of hand placed samples and loops. The composition was recorded and mastered in cakewalk Sonar. Yes the first two chords are the 22 edo equivalent of the opening of a famous 70’s song (I like the sound of the two chords, sorry) but the resemblance ends there. The form is ABCA with B’s chord progression becoming pretty chromatic against drone strings.

A Guide to Window-Dressing

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

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

valet parking for two 22 edo guitars

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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valet parking for two 22 edo guitars is a two pass composition based upon a few chords and melodic lines I liked when playing my 22 note per octave guitar. For the record this was the first time I used a capo on a microtonal guitar (to avoid hand strain).

The McMurdo Session – Xenharmonic Gang of Five

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

xenharmonic_gang_of_five Left to Right Andrew Heathwaite, Aaron Krister Johnson, Jacob Barton, Dan Stearns and myself

These recordings are totally unrehearsed improvisations that took place at my home. As a consequence there is wandering and going down paths that were discarded. I attempted to curate the best parts of an all day session. Much of the music wouldn’t make sense without enduring the development before something jelled. Two pieces of this session were previously released and are included here to complete the session. Instruments – voice, trombone, udderbot, clarinet, 15 edo, 17 edo, 19 edo, 20 edo, 22edo guitars and fretless banjo, guitar and bass, gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, DIY erhu, 31 edo bouzuki, various electronics and percussion. We freely mixed tunings and our compositional goal was to have a good time! We hope you enjoy these recordings.

The Gift of Structure

I Forgot Your Hat

Racetrack Playa

vacuum energy jello

La Mystique des Quinze

Carry On

The One True Tuning

Solving Thou – featuring Christiane Offenbar and meolog

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Capture Solving Thou words by meolog, sung by Christiane Offenbar, translated by Heinz Bohlen, composition Chris Vaisvil for synthesizers in 43 note overtone series, 11 limit 12 note tuning from Scala archive, 22 edo guitar, percussion and Christiane’s free a Capella singing.

22 edo electric guitar duet

Friday, September 11th, 2015

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22 edo electric guitar duet is exactly that in a rock idiom.

Pen and Quill (22 edo)

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

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Pen and Quill is performed with a rock ensemble (guitar x3, piano, bass, drums, vocals such as they are) in 22 notes per octave of a poem I wrote some years ago with edits. I apologize for my voice wavers – I’m not a good singer and trying to sing microtonally is even more challenging. But, hopefully on the whole you will find it worth putting up with.

I don't know what the tomorrow is
But I'm sure it is written
Inscribed in something sacred
Letters in drying ink
On page to page
Flipped by the breeze 
Flowing past, the past,
It is all we keep
all we keep

I sat there, stood there,
And yes I listened
I listened too well
To every word and gesture
Recorded and filed
By ink and quill
Reflected by mirror
oh yeah
It somehow becomes less,
Less of a puzzle, 
But more of a trouble,
To understand
And I still stand

Yet the room has changed
How the past shapes the future
But nothing is ever plain
The enigma is this nettle of time
With its plaintive scraping
Of pen and quill
With its plaintive scraping
Of paper and quill
It is all we keep
It is all we keep


I sat there, stood there,
And yes I listened
I listened too well
To every word and gesture
Recorded and filed
By ink and quill
Reflected by mirror
It somehow becomes less,
Less of a puzzle, 
But more of a trouble,
To understand
And still I stand
And still I stand

Estampie for 22 edo electric guitar and drum kit

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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Estampie for 22 edo electric guitar and drum kit
Opinion is divided as to whether the Estampie was actually a dance or simply early instrumental music. Sachs believes the strong rhythm of the music, a derivation of the name from a term meaning “to stamp” and the quotation from the Froissart poem above definitely label the estampie as a dance. However, others stress the complex music in some examples as being uncharacteristic of dance melodies and interpret Froissart’s poem to mean that the dancing begins with the carol. There is also debate on the derivation of the word “estampie”. In any case, no description of dance steps or figures for the estampie are known.

22 edo guitar duet – extended psuedo diatonic

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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22 edo guitar duet – extended psuedo diatonic blues sort of mangled type of thing. Two improvised tracks.

A Short Interlude in 22 edo

Monday, July 14th, 2014

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A Short Interlude in 22 edo played as two improvised tracks of clean direct-in 22 edo electric guitars with nowhere to hide. No effects, no compression. Some uglies are in here, also a few niceties.