Archive for the ‘vocal’ Category

When Fear Itself Arrives (19 edo)

Friday, February 17th, 2017



When Fear Itself Arrives is a six minute 19 edo composition using a Linnstrument, Doepfer R2M, Electro Harmonics Nano Ironlung Vocoder, Line 6 Uber Metal Pedal, Diva, Absynth 5, Izotope Beat Tweaker, Izotope Stutter Edit, Breverb, BT Brick Wall, dblue Glitch v 1.3, Voice, FDR clip, Cakewalk Sonar, Zoom UAC-2, all tuned to 19 notes per octave and taking advantage of micro-looping within the applications.

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

Why This Way?

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

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Why This Way? is a multitrack Linnstrument performed composition with added vocals.

Nail the Jelly to The Wall (12 edo)

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

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Singing and original melody by Christiane Offenbar
Words by RichardLeach, Jan 4, 2016
Arrangement by me – in 12 edo

The calendar says Monday but it doesn’t say what for.
You hear a nearby ticking and you hear a distant roar.
You get up when you hear the bugle call.
You have to nail the jelly to the wall.

The galaxy is spinning but it doesn’t fly away.
Dark matter holds it all in place, at least that’s what they say.
You hear the running in the upstairs hall.
You have to nail the jelly to the wall.

You try to play your tenor but you have a broken reed.
The overtones are hidden and the undertones are freed.
Sometimes a tower leans and will not fall.
You have to nail the jelly to the wall.

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

The Enemy Entropy

Friday, November 21st, 2014

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The Enemy Entropy – vocals and electric guitar through effects.

“2” presents “a manic ego trapped in a hall of mirrors” (20 edo, 12 edo polytuned hard rock band)

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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a manic ego trapped in a hall of mirrors is a composition that my collaborator Frank Miller (of “2”) built around my 20 edo guitar part. Frank wrote and performed the vocals, lyrics, drums, 12 edo bass and produced the composition.

Lyrics for “a manic ego trapped in a hall of mirrors” by Frank Miller

What I Have Done (15 edo)

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

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What I have Done (15 edo version) A poem of mine read by Bethan Mathis from the album “Bethan Reads”.

a choral study in 17 equal – animated score

Monday, September 1st, 2014

a choral study in 17 equal was written in a response to a call for microtonal choral works on the Facebook group Xenharmonic Alliance II by William Lynch.
The score is here
The audio is here

The full quality video is here

Lullaby for Refugee Children

Friday, August 29th, 2014

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Lullaby for Refugee Children by Christiane Offenbar (vocals) and Chris Vaisvil (EP 73).