Archive for the ‘harmonic series segment’ Category

The Sound of my Name (harmonic series, ambient)

Saturday, October 25th, 2014


The Sound of my Name is a sound collage with all components retuned or originally tuned in a harmonic series segment.

I Live by the Cemetery (Ambient in 17 edo, Harmonic Series Polytuned)

Saturday, November 30th, 2013


I Live by the Cemetery – Bethan Mathis recites a poem I wrote some time ago inspired by late nights working and driving home past a cemetery that always had foggy apparitions in the 4 am winter air. The composition uses 17 edo and harmonic series filtering as well as self-made harmonic series aeolian guitar samples. I am very much indebted to Bethan’s dedication to our poetry project. More on that to come.


I Play The Wind (aeolian harmonic series guitar, bass, psaltery)

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

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I Play The Wind

Using my DIY 23 edo guitar, DIY electric cello, and DIY electric psaltery I recorded the wind playing these instruments after they were tuned in just intonation or harmonic series relationships. Adding to the harmonic series nature of this composition is the fact that the aeolian does not sound the fundamental – so what you hear are only harmonics of the strings. To create this composition I complied about 8 hours of 44.1kHz 24-bit recordings, noise reduced, selected sections and sequenced in Sonar X3. After I finished with the audio I paired it up with time lapse video I took of the sky. Doing this in my spare time, making recordings and processing them into a composition took several days of work.

DIY electric psaltery
DIY electric cello
23 edo DIY stick guitar
Samples you can use

To Craunch the Marmoset

Friday, September 20th, 2013


To Craunch the Marmoset is an electronic ambient poly-tuned piece – Albino in 16 edo, Z3TA+ 2.1 in 8 edo, Absynth in 43 harmonics series segment reduced to an octave, Cameleon 5000 in 22 edo, and DIY Erhu in roughly just intonation on D about middle and harmonics thereof. Phrases from “English as She is Spoke” by Pedro Carolino are read by Google (who sounds a bit like Siri actually.)

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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A Song for the Solstice (Percussion and flute plus synthesizers in various harmonic series tuning)

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013


A Song for the Solstice A Song for the Solstice

Layton’s Number

Friday, June 14th, 2013


Layton’s Number is an ambient microtonal piece. The piece started when Steve Layton sent me a midi of a performance he did for the piece “How it all came out” and I used it to drive 2 instances of Z3TA+ 2.1 in Johnny Reinhard 8th octave of the harmonic series tuning with a processed recording of me reciting Steve’s number which is: 2 1 7 9 6 1 9 8 5 2 3 8 6 5 4 6 1 8 7 3 5 1 2 7 1 2 1 3 7 8 3 7.

Carl Ruggles Organum for 2 Harmonic Series Tuned Pianos

Sunday, May 12th, 2013


Organum for 2 Harmonic Series Tuned Pianos composed (in 12 equal) by Carl Ruggles. I have two competing music thoughts – microtonality and the dissonant music of the 20th and 21st century. What lies between them is a wonderful connection because in many respects the music of our period has been written for 12 equal in a way that the music of the 19th century and before wasn’t. So in that sense 12 equal is being used like one would, for instance, 14 or 16 equal. Carl Ruggles is a great example of this. There is very little, if any, sense of classical functional harmony in his work. Of the few pieces he let survive him they all carve out a new vista and a way of treating 12 equal contrapuntally without the use of Schoenberg’s pantonal system.

By way of oblique comparison I am posting a 12 equal version string orchestra version of the two piano transcription of the originally orchestral Organum. Sort of the long way around… but I like it and perhaps you will too.

The harmonic series tuning for the piano version I used follows:

! C:\Cakewalk\scales\harm3-26skip2reduce2oct.scl

Roanoke Memory for Harmonic Series Tuned Piano

Friday, April 12th, 2013


Roanoke Memory is a solo piano piece (follow along 8th note score) (and the midi file of the performance) using a tuning suggested by Petr Pařízek and put into scala format by Andrew Heathwaite – see below:

pitches from the 8th to the 32nd harmonic, excluding those that are one more than a multiple of 4

Dreaming of the River in the Woods

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Dreaming of the River in the Woods is an unedited keyboard improvisation using the Soniccoulture psaltry with their harmonic series segment 16 – 32 tuning. Here is the quantized score.