Archive for the ‘Musical Technique’ Category

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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BitWiz Harmonic Series Code

Saturday, May 6th, 2017


BitWiz is a $0.99 app that lets you run single line C code music generation algorithms. I used it to perform this piece by selecting code in sequence and using the X-Y manipulation when it was a part of the code. This software from Kymatica is for the iPad. The analysis shows that at least the first section is clearly non-12 equal. I didn’t analyze the rest, however, it seems to me to be almost next to impossible for a single line of code to generate something as unnatural as 12 equal.

Click the picture to enlarge the Melodyne analysis of section 1 or the spectrum analysis of the Gong piece below.

As a bonus For Gongs, Bow, and Super Balls with Effects

Parva Keyboard Slope Tuning with Melodyne Analysis

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Click on picture to enlarge and see the Melodyne analysis of the unknown tuning.

By using stacked keyboard note to frequency settings in the Parva modulation matrix I happened on this tuning that has a very nice sounding 318 cent near just minor third and a 1470 cent “9th” interval. This -almost- closes at the octave + tritone – which is close enough that Melodydne doesn’t show the octave with the default settings thinking it is an overtone.

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This re-tuning technique relies on changing the midi note to pitch relationship called in some circles the “slope” of the keyboard.

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

Micronation (Melodyne processed aeolian harp )

Saturday, March 11th, 2017



Micronation is an audio experiment where I took a ~30 seconds of aeolian harp captured during a high wind event and used Melodyne to determine each of four root notes by frequency. [The strings were tuned justly by ear but drift after several hours exposure to the elements outside, especially due to temperature changes] Then I used Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch to isolation each vertical harmonic structure based upon the roots determined by Melodyne (10 harmonics high by 25 cents wide)and exporting the four files. Then I used Sonar to sequence the exported wav files and applied reverb, EQ, and tape simulation. The experimentally determined roots are 92 Hz, 118 Hz[59/46], 140 Hz[35/23], and 184 Hz [ 2/1 the octave of 92].

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.

20170214 19edo Multi Controller Directed Improvisation

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017


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Linnstrument Improvisation in 106 edo (video)

Monday, January 16th, 2017



(best viewed full screen, video is 1080p)

Linnstrument Improvisation in 106 edo (audio only) is a moderate length piece that explores the wonderful soundscape that 106 edo can create. In a previous post I received this comment on Reddit’s microtonal subreddit “I generally like the sound of Bohlen-Pierce. I’m interested in this piece but confused by your methodology.” So I thought I would write something about my improvisation method as the video compiles. Essentially my approach to improvisations is an aurally informed pattern recognition with development. If you watch the video closely you will see places where I run into a note combination I don’t like and back away from it somewhat quickly and in others where I find a fingering I like and replicate it in either hand or as “blocks” played off against each other. 106 notes per octave makes melodic development especially challenging though it is rich harmonically with many nuances and to my ears a way of letting you settle into a harmony that may at first sound strange but re-orientates your ears to hear it as pleasing or at least interesting. Certainly with 106 edo it is very hard to get caught up in 12 edo sounding cliches! So I hope that gives a little bit of an answer to the question I received on Reddit. video download

Recomposition Using Celemony’s Melodyne Editor

Sunday, January 15th, 2017


Best viewed at the highest resolution available. The native video is in 1080p

By using Celemony’s Melodyne Editor I rearrange the notes within a droning sample from my DIY electric aeolian harp. The tuning is nominally Bohlen-Pierce (stock with Melodyne) but the nature of the aeolian harp means additional pitches are present.
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Demo of Shoom, a Microtonal iPad App

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

I take trip through Shoom after Keenan Lawler mentioned it, and I found I actually had it installed. It is a superb microtonal aware synthesizer that is also a controller. My tour is a bit leisurely and only goes into a bit of what this program can do. It is highly recommended. It was $5.99 when it was first released, currently I believe the app store price is $9.99 – still quite affordable. The noise you hear in places are the actual (and unusual) preset settings of the app.