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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
Created by using the Matrix View in Sonar by playing field and generated samples.
In 24 edo (largely) using Shoom, Gestrument, and Bowls HD => download
The tempest prognosticator comprises twelve pint bottles in a circle around and beneath a large bell. Atop the glasses are small metal tubes which contain a piece of whalebone and a wire connecting them to small hammers positioned to strike the bell. In his essay Merryweather described the workings of the device:
“ After having arranged this mouse trap contrivance, into each bottle was poured rain water, to the height of an inch and a half; and a leech placed in every bottle, which was to be its future residence; and when influenced by the electromagnetic state of the atmosphere a number of leeches ascended into the tubes; in doing which they dislodged the whalebone and caused the bell to ring. ”
— George Merryweather
The leech would have difficulty entering the metal tubes but would endeavour to do so if sufficiently motivated by the likelihood of bad weather. By ringing the bell it would signify that that individual leech is indicating that a storm is approaching. Merryweather referred to the leeches as his “jury of philosophical councilors” and that the more of them that rang the bell the more likely that a storm would occur.
In his essay Merryweather also noted other features of the design, including the fact that the leeches were placed in glass bottles placed in a circle to prevent them from feeling “the affliction of solitary confinement”
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.
A video demo of the Gestrument, an algorithmic music composition iPad program that supports alternate tunings. It works hand in hand with ScaleGen (not shown here) for $13.99 bought as a bundle. Its a great value and has a long list of features such as morphing of tunings, recording, a nice selection of voices and output of midi.
King Island (Bering Sea, Alaska, USA; 64°58‘9’N, 168°3‘56‘‘W)
Ambient 6 string bass and Guitar Rig 5
Photo by Chris Vaisvil
Remove and Discard is an ambient LinnStrument sequencer and performance combination piece using the Scale collection 12 of 17 et tuning.
12 out of 17-tET, chain of fifths