I used my newly made Erhu to play a decidedly non-Chinese drone duet. I marked out a scale I made up by ear with a marker and used a capo to clamp a $5 piezo pickup to the fingerboard. I’m assuming that its a good bet this is a just intonation something or other. I hope you like it. Now… I’m thinking of making a version that I can ebow. I have an inkling that may be pretty slick.
This is the initial construction of my Ehru or is it Erhu? – whatever the correct spelling may be the actual Chinese instrument has a python skin for the resonator cover and two strings. What I’ve done here is used a kilogram sized coffeemate container (HDPE #2 plastic) and a single D string from an electric guitar. A small sharp wood chisel was used to cut into the plastic container. Removing the container cap makes the sound a bit brighter and louder. The bridge is a 5 string banjo bridge I saw at a local music store got $8.50. The stick came from a oak picture easel with half of its parts missing from Goodwill for $5 which included the wing nut and bolt and predrilled hole which I used to help secure the stick. Small holes in the stick that allow the string to pass through but not the ball are used to secure the string opposite the bridge. The zither pin I used is from from EMI . Right now the zither pin does double duty as a nut as well. I have two sound examples bowed and plucked. Click on any picture to make it bigger.
Under the Ice of Europa is an ambient piece for only the most dedicated. It has a run time of 42 minutes and should be listened to at a very loud volume to get the full effect. The initial sound sources were 5 instances of EFM Synthia 2 (EMI Synthi emulator) 1 instance of Altair 4 and 1 instance of Albino. There was a lot of work done in the sound design of synthi patches and arpeggiation was applied to all tracks. Then, yes I ran it through PES, but not with default settings. I used three instances, two of which were through the harmonic filter with 21 harmonics at a just fifth and the three outputs mixed together. Its a pretty complex mixture that is constantly changing. However, I realize 42 minutes of anything is a difficult hand, so my hat is off to you if you decide to try it and actually make it all the way through.
The Descent of Cthulhu is a solo for modified Blüthner Model 1 Pianoteq 4.5 physical model in 15 edo (15 note per octave) tuning. This is a live performance captured in Pianoteq and exported as performed. – warning there is a very wide dynamic range
A Paradigm Shift is a generative piano piece in 20edo based off of a performance “atomized” into 3 separate arpeggiators and recombined into Pianoteq’s physical modeled piano.
The Seventh Rook is a piece composed for solo microtonal piano in the Rook scale commissioned by John O’Sullivan who devised the scale. Rook is a subset of Raven version temperament. More tuning information is here at John’s website. The score is here which includes the cents value for the Rook tuning. The piece was composed and realized using Sibelius and Pianoteq.
This score and sound recording may be used by students, educators, and nonprofits with attribution.
Pretty Industry is a re-composition of four Benjamin Smith piano improvisations created by manipulating and re-orchestrating pitches extracted from the performances using 24 edo (24 et, quartertone) tuning. The new orchestration consists of Harp, Solo violin, viola, cello, contrabass strings, french horn, and bass drum, snare drum, and tamtam.
Emerging From a Shell – a remix of performances by Christiane Offenbar, Roger “ErocNet” Sundström, and Paul Mimlitsch with derivative tracks created from pitch extractions of the originals.
Hail, Hail – uses the same technique in a combination of manipulated piano improvisation and recording of a hail storm.
The Flight of Souls From the Finish Line is a performed composition in the Rook scale of John O’Sullivan’s Raven version 2 tuning using Pianoteq with the Bluethner add in and the M-Audio 88es midi controller.
A follow along 8th note reduced score is here
Rook scale derived from Raven V-2
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