Archive for the ‘microtonal’ Category

April is the Cruelest Month

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

April is the Cruelest Month for synthetic band in Carlos Alpha and some Just Intonation

polynomial time

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

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

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

X 48 (7, 14, and 21 edo )

Sunday, November 6th, 2016


X 48 is a music / video montage using a Linnstrument, u-he’s Diva in 7 edo, Garritan Personal Orchestra, chamber orchestra present in 14 edo, Garritan Personal Orchestra concert grand piano in 21 edo – all images were taken and processed by me. Audio only.

Its a Queer Time (a microtonal setting of a Robert Graves poem)

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Its a Queer Time, a setting of a poem written by Robert Graves and read by Pete Marchetto from librivox tuned in 22 edo, 11 edo, and 43 JI running on 8 different synths. The technology behind the audio is using Gestrument as a performance controller and transmitting its midi output over ethernet using rtpMIDI (thank you Tobias!!) as a Windows surrogate for Apple Bonjour – the end result is that I play the Gestrument on my iPad and Sonar sees the midi from it as a virtual midi controller. Then it is simply a matter of routing each midi channel to separate tracks each with a microtonal aware synthesizer [panned a bit uniquely] – the audio was then added, the midi tracks trimmed appropriately and then married to the video. Since the video and Librivox licenses are public domain by necessity my musical setting of these resources is public domain as well.

For Quincas Moriera – the long version of the music.

Poly Tuned Synth Collection (mostly harmonic series)

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

IMG_9840crop Photo by Chris Vaisvil

Poly Tuned Synth Collection uses the following:

Z3ta+ 2 Denny Genovese 24 – 28 harmonics w/ ribbon controller
absynth’s harmonic series w/ TC Data
aalto’s harmonic series w/ TC Data
albino 22 edo w/ TC Data
Xen FMTS 2 harmonics 12-24 w/ Linnstrument

This is mostly about being a study to learn using midi over wifi with toby bears rtpMIDI and TC-DATA

Better Luck Next Time (20 edo and polytuned)

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

CIMG0523crop Photo by Chris Vaisvil

These pieces started life as a two track improvisation (one with ebow) on a 20 edo guitar that were treated with effects and manipulations. Then the result of this was used to extract midi via Melodyne Single track. This midi was then used to drive two instances of Z3TA+ 2.1 tuned to 10 edo. The synthesized tracks and original audio were then combined to create a polytuned version of the original.

20 edo guitar original

Polytuned 20 edo and 10 edo derivative

Un-reduced Harmonic Series and 19 edo Simultaneously

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

20151007_Capture Photo by Chris Vaisvil

audio only

For bowed gongs and golden ration tuned piano (and bonus track)

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Music Studio

Bowed gongs and a piano tuned to a Golden ratio derived tuning (see below) and driven by Melodyne’s polyphonic interpretation of the gong track.

1/4 comma meantone tuned piano driven by the same gong derived score.

Golden tuning created and explained by Jake Freivald

Hommage Pour Paul H. Muller

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

This is an ambient music video in tribute to my colleague Paul who has been experimenting with constrained aleatoric compositional techniques. This is the sound of my electric aeolian harp combined with time lapse video. The harp is a constrained aleatoric device because I tune the string but the wind plays the strings which generates harmonics of the strings.
audio only