Archive for the ‘7-limit JI’ Category

they write the laws….

Friday, November 22nd, 2013


they write the laws is a collaborative effort between Richard Leach (words), Christiane Offenbar (voice / melody), Jake Freivald (tuning), and myself (instrumental music).

Clean-Shaven Politician Blues by RichardLeach

Look at all those talking men, babe,
with their nicely shaven jaws.
You know they never break the law, babe,
because they write the laws.

I’ve been writing since last year, babe,
and I wrote this morning too.
But I cannot write the law, babe –
I just do what I can do.

You know what this world is made of –
it is five parts fantasy.
Fantasy may taste like ashes,
or it may be honey sweet.

I hear burning, I hear ashes,
from those men with pretty jaws.
I see a world so full of trouble,
and I believe I know the cause.

Look at all those talking men, babe,
all the ones who are in charge.
They think that nothing ever changes –
but then sometimes it does.

! C:\Freivald\music\Tuning\scales\schismatic-garibaldi[17]-7-limit.scl
Schismatic / Garibaldi 7-limit

Steam Punk in 7-Limit JI

Friday, July 12th, 2013
The spectrum of the sample used.

The spectrum of the sample used.

Steam Punk in 7-Limit JI => This weeks theme at is Steam Punk, which I took very literally in ambient improvisation. I took a sample of a steam locomotive steam whistle, loaded it into Kontakt, spiced with Lexicon Reverbation and Sonitius delay and played it on my M-Audio 88es. The sample itself is a “chord” of four tones going by the spectrogram of the sample above.

The Heroine Aviators of Rogers Park (22 note 7-limit JI piano)

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

DSCF0899rs Street Graffiti under the “L” overpass on Pratt Avenue in Rogers Park area of Chicago – picture credit Chris Vaisvil

The Heroine Aviators of Rogers Park is a (raw, unedited) piano improvisation in a 22 note 7-limit JI tuning made by John O’Sullivan at my request. The tuning can be found in this scala file. or below:
JOS’ JI for CJV’s request
! 16/15   15/14   10/9   9/8   8/7   7/6   6/5   5/4   9/7    4/3   7/5   10/7    3/2    14/9    8/5   5/3   12/7    7/4    16/9    9/5    15/8    2/1

CERN Black Hole

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013


CERN Black Hole is an ambient piece created from 7- limit harmonically filtered (and not) samples of bells, speech, synthesizers, and alto flute. Of course this a totally fictional story line. Thanks to Mr 6 for the voice over. Only for the most committed to ambient music – 14 minute length warning!

Waiting for the Train

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Waiting for the Train is a piece for alto flute and harp written at the request of John O’Sullivan using his “Raven JI” tuning which is a 7 note 7 limit just intonation tuning. The score is linked here.

Raven JI
0.0 (1/1)
266.9 (7/6)
386.3 (5/4)
498.0 (4/3)
702.0 (3/2)
884.4 (5/3)
968.8 (7/4)
1200.0 (2/1)

Gustav Holst’s Mars arranged for 7-limit JI Orchestra

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Mars in 7-Limit JI from The Planets the orchestral suite by Gustav Holst. 7-Limit Just Intonation information.

The Triumph of Saint Cecilia

Friday, July 20th, 2012

The Triumph of Saint Cecilia is a piece for Soprano and String Ensemble in 7-limit Just Intonation. Saint Cecilia is the patroness of musicians.

Three Microtonal Ambient Pieces

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Space is in Us is a study in noise to music manipulation. Tuning system unknown.
Thedy’s Ribbon is a multi-tuned synthesizer piece inspired by Ray Bradbury’s story The Jar as seen on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Tunings used: 9, 17, 19, 22, and 31 edo.
Frannie at the 7th limit is a sample of Tonehammer’s Francesca manipulated by Paul’s Extreme Stretch to yield a parallel 7th limit minor 7th chord. (1/1, 5/4, 3/2, 7/4)

Enjoy, I hope.