Archive for the ‘trans-tuned’ Category

The Sleeper (a setting of Edgar Allen Poe in 43 note harmonic series segment octave reduced)

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Illustration by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Sleeper is a semi-aleatoric composition using a tuning of 43 harmonics reduced to an octave in each of five instances of Absynth. The source midi material driving absynth is a combination of five difference piano performances. The reading is by Jerome McGann as provided by the PennSound archive. The text of Poe’s poem is here.

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The Multiverse Option

Friday, June 21st, 2013


The Multiverse Option is a soundscape composed of Christiane Offenbar’s “As If There Had Been an Option” x 3 with 2 instances harmonic series filtered, my processed voice, processed gong, and processed 12 edo electric 12 string – all mastered in Sonar X1.

Debussy Pour Le Piano, 1. Prelude in 11 EDT and 12 of 22 EDO tuning

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Pour Le Piano, 1. Prelude by Debussy rendered in 11 notes per tritave (per 12th aka octave plus fifth) tuning. In some places the result is kind of muddy but in other places the trans-tuned version is surprisingly coherent and other worldly. Also I rendered a version using a 12 note hexachordal subset of 22 EDO (equal division of the octave). For those wanting to compare to the original I found this great rendition on youtube with harmonic analysis. Note: trans-tuning is a bit of an iffy prospect and requires overlooking the chaff for the wheat since after all, the original was written with a different tuning in mind.