audio only polytuned synthesizers and thunderstorm
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
“Score” of performance
Welcome Gaia is a Linnstrument performance in MPE mode using a Diva patch in 106 edo (equal division of the octave). Even with the Linnstrument and its 200 pads 106 notes per octave puts a strain on what midi can currently do. In this performance I use pitch bends to extend the pitch space and also to add expression.
Gregor Samsa Awakens is my second piece on the theme of The Metamorphosis. This version is in 106 edo using Aalto, several copies of Brazille, Session Drummer and Linnstrument. The other piece on this theme is orchestral and in 11 edo.
Photo of painting by Chris Vaisvil
Still Life in 106 Notes Per Octave is inspired by Dolores Catherino’s videos of her “laboratory” which contains a multitude of alternate controllers and features “polychromatic music” in this tuning which has ~11 cent steps – 11 cents is about 2 to 3 times the average limit of perception of a change in pitch. This improvisation was performed on a Linnstrument.