On the Shores of the Dead Sea

This is a guitar piece in classical style in 17 notes per octave using the 17 version of the phyrgian mode. In normal 12 equal tuning phyrgian mode starts on E and has no sharps or flats.

Dead Sea MP3

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In this piece I play in a mode similar using the following notes from 17 equal
0, 1, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17
or in steps
1, 3, 3, 3, 1, 3, 3

I do have a 2 as an accidental in there at one point to make parallel fifths on 0 and 1 work. (5:00-ish video, 4:30 in the MP3)

For the composition, I developed a framework last night and this morning and then in Jazz style improvised around the pre-determined framework.

2 Responses to “On the Shores of the Dead Sea”

  1. Thanks for posting, Chris. I’ve always liked the sound of the Phrygian mode, and your mapping of it to 17 sounds pretty good. In fact, I think I like this sound more than some of the more traditional-sounding work you’ve done in 17.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for the listen and comment! I like the mapping as well ( guess that is obvious) – it is part of the direction I’m heading towards which is to more formally explore 17. I am also working on a a scordata to 17 chord translator. The goal is to show what notes on a 12 staff equals what chord in 17 including inversions as a compositional aid.


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