Archive for the ‘16 edo’ Category

Drifting in 16 edo for Piano

Friday, June 28th, 2013


Drifting in 16 edo Drifting in 16 edo is a piano improvisation using an M-Audio 88es and Pianoteq 4 tuned to 16 equal divisions of the octave. An 8th note resolution scordatura score is here.

Thin Ice for Alto, Female Choir, Harp, and Percussion in adaptive JI, 16 edo, and 8 edo.

Friday, June 7th, 2013


Poem by Richard Leach selected and interpreted / recited / sung by Christiane Offenbar

The ice is thin, the ice is thin –
the shore more distant year by year,
and nearly sixty since I left it now.

There is no going back again.
And I am old yet not so very old –
I bless the ice. I pray for cold.

Thin Ice is a piece for Alto (Christiane Offenbar in adaptive JI), Female Choir in 16 edo, Harp in 8 edo, bass drum and tamtam.

The Soldiers of Energy Independence

Monday, May 27th, 2013


The Soldiers of Energy Independence is an edited improvisation performed on a M-Audio 88es with Pianoteq 4 modeling a Bluethner piano tuned to 16 notes per octave. The scordatura is written in 12 equal for a piano tuned to 16 equal. The picture was taken from I-65 during a trip through the state of Indiana, USA.

Walking the Airlock

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Voskhod2 Alexey Leonov performing the first EVA.

Walking the Airlock is a poly-tuned piece using predominately 16 and 32 edo (notes per octave) with some unavoidable 12 equal and free-pitch material. The synths used are albino, zeta+ 2.1, kontakt, session drummer 3, and izotope stutter edit. Some effects and post editing were applied. The piece was performed on an M-Audio 88es and Korg nano-kontrol 1. Recorded in Sonar X1 with its native midi arpeggiator added to the session 3 drummer track. As for the picture – per Wikipedia

– NASA planners invented the term extra-vehicular activity in the early 1960s for the Apollo program to land men on the Moon, because the astronauts would leave the spacecraft to collect lunar material samples and deploy scientific experiments. To support this, and other Apollo objectives, the Gemini program was spun off to develop the capability for astronauts to work outside a two-man Earth orbiting spacecraft. However, the Soviet Union was fiercely competitive in holding the early lead it had gained in manned spaceflight, so the Soviet Communist Party, led by Nikita Khrushchev, ordered the hasty conversion of its single-pilot Vostok capsule into a two- or three-person craft named Voskhod, in order to compete with Gemini and Apollo. The Soviets were able to launch two Voskhod capsules before the first manned Gemini was launched.

The Soviets’ avionics technology was not as advanced as that of the United States, so the Voskhod cabin could not have been left depressurized by an open hatch; otherwise the air-cooled electronics would have overheated. Therefore a spacewalking cosmonaut would have to enter and exit the spacecraft through an airlock.

Being of Vesta

Saturday, February 16th, 2013


Being of Vesta is a piano improvisation in 16 edo.

Updated Tubular Bell, Piano, and Lute Timbre Tuning Comparison

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

196px-Adams_Bass_ChimesI have put together a fairly large tuning comparison using physically modeled tubular bells [click me]. I hope you enjoy it.

The Wyf of Bath

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The Wyf of Bath is an ambient piece in 16 edo that uses Absynth, ZETA+2, and Kontakt 5 as a competitive backdrop to David Wallace’s reading of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, parts one and two in old English from Pennsound.

The 1st 2012 Presidential Debate, An American’s Perspective

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The 1st 2012 Presidential Debate, An American’s Perspective is a piece in 16 notes per octave using Zeta+ 2.1 for music and Kontakt for percussion. It was performed on a Rock Band 3 Wireless Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar Midi Controller I obtained for $6 at Goodwill. The genre is loosely glitch. The full quality video can be found in this folder – look for “debated.wmv”


Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Malathion is a serial improvisation for 3 instances of Z3TA+2 and some drum samples in 16 notes per octave.
And here is a version of Malathion that is re-tuned to 65 cent steps (65cET) non-octave tuning (not for the faint of hearing).