Remembrance

Remembrance is a chilled piece in 22 notes per octave using my DIY refretted $50 used “First Act” electric guitar and DIY fretless bass. Additionally there are my vocals, drums and Kontakt flute.

Poem by Evan Harrington

Words are contained in the film – full quality video

Here is an analysis by Andrew Heathewaite:

  • With the exception of a chromatic passing tone, the guitar part seems to be entirely (although maybe I missed something) in Superpyth[5], that is to say, the 22edo pentatonic scale generated by fifths/fourths. The voice sings these notes and a few major thirds to round things out. I take the first note of the voice melody to be tonic, and the chord progression to be more or less a I-V7-I… kind of thing. It’s not meantone, though, since there are two sizes of whole tone — the four-degree step and the three-degree step. To tell you the truth, the melody as you sing it sounds a little twelvey. That’s understandable if you haven’t sung in 22 a lot, since the large/small whole tone distinction is pretty tricky. It’s similar in 15, but even more exaggerated.

    Taking out the passing tone, your 22edo major scale is 4324432. If you treat it as a meantone major scale, you’ll find that the triads don’t work out the same. You’ve got a regular I chord, but the minor ii chord is actually subminor. A regular minor iii chord, but a supermajor IV chord. A regular major V chord but a vi chord with a subminor third and a wolf fifth! And finally, a decent septimal-flavored diminished vii chord. It’s worth mentioning also that the dominant V7 chord has a strong septimal flavor to it, like a tempered version of a 4:5:6:7 otonal chord. You play the seventh a lot in the guitar part, and I think it works nicely that way.

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