A collection of original Xenharmonic compositions in a variety of alternative tuning systems
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Nubian Dance
A piece using a dodecatonic subset of 23EDO
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Jayni’s song
An atmospheric Carlos Alpha song
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Vimantra
An atmospheric Carlos Gamma piece
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Fuzzy Logic
An intentionally poly-microtonal piece!
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A Nearly Normal Sunday
This jazzy piece is the outcome of an experiment with a LMSO’s feature: Tuning Latch
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11 Dwarfs
A
silly song for the upcoming movie: Snow White and the Eleven Dwarfs
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From The Diary Of The 13th Fly
A piece in a dodecatonic mode of 13ED2
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Do Androids Dream Of 18ED2?
A free chiseled improvisation
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Organum 1 - Organum 2
Two pieces using a dodecatonic Carlos Gamma subset
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Sea Of Tranquility
When I composed this piece I was looking for a peaceful retreat...
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In Q
A piece inspired by the famous
In C by Terry Riley
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Gamma Meditation
A slow-paced piece in Carlos Gamma
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Miles of Space
A new piece composed using the Carlos Alpha tuning system and my Alpha keyboard
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Venusian Wedding Band
My first unconsciously polymicrotonal piece
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Alpha Abstract 1
A song played with my Alpha keyboard tuned to Carlos Alpha
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Out of Gamma Body Experience
This piece is the first one using Carlos Gamma in a long time
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Berimbau 13
One more song using a dodecatonic mode of 13ED2 played with an Halberstadt keyboard
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MP13
This song is an experiment testing a Kawai MP6 as a microtonal sound module
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Alpha Delinquent
A piece featuring my newest synth, a Waldorf Blofeld and my Alpha15 keyboard
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Hocus-Bogus 13
One more piece featuring 13ED2 (the Equal Division of ratio 2:1 into 13 steps of 92.308 cents each)
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In Memoriam JY
A piece featuring Jorgensen’s 7+5 temperament
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JY’s Infra-Worlds
This piece was inspired by A Theory of Evolving Tonality, a book written by Joseph Yasser
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Smooth 10
My third piece in 10ED2 (Equal Division of ratio 2:1 into 10 steps of 120 cents each)
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Waltz 10
My second piece in 10ED2 (Equal Division of ratio 2:1 into 10 steps of 120 cents each)
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Blues 10
A piece in 10ED2 (Equal Division of ratio 2:1 into 10 steps of 120 cents each)
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New World
A piece in 9ED2 (Equal Division of ratio 2:1 into 9 steps of 133.333 cents each)
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FunkEight 1
A piece in 8ED2 (Equal Division of ratio 2:1 into 8 steps of 150 cents each)
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Doomsday 23
My last composition before the predicted end of the world
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Galactic Overload
This song is the second one featuring my cannibalized M-Audio Keystation 61es keyboard
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Ode For Ada
Playing a cannibalized keyboard in 15EDO
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Concertina 13
A new piece featuring 13ED2 and MOTU Ethno2 retuned with LMSO
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Thirteenstan
A vocal piece in 13ED2 (
Equal Division of ratio 2:1 into 13 steps of 92.308 cents each)
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SazDul 13
My third piece in 13ED2 (
Equal Division of ratio 2:1 into 13 steps of 92.308 cents each)
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Fast And Furious 13
My second piece in 13ED2 (
Equal Division of ratio 2:1 into 13 steps of 92.308 cents each)
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13 Miles
A piece in 13ED2 (
Equal Division of ratio 2:1 into 13 steps of 92.308 cents each)
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Bossa Sbilenca
A straight bossa nova rhythm used to play a slightly sbilenco non-octave piece
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Alpha seems to be the hardest world
Another vocal experiment with Melodyne
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Alpha Choir
A short
a cappella composition for four voices tuned to a dodecatonic mode of Carlos Alpha
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Alpha El Din
the natural evolution of my experiments with Melodyne Editor 2.0
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Wildly Melodyning
a video showing editing techniques with
Melodyne 2
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Gadudyne
An experiment following the upgrade to version 2 of Celemony Melodyne.
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DisMLosphere
A video showing an experiment using my
Chameleon with Disarray, M, Omnisphere and Logic Pro.
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Cubana Al Cubana Pha
A study in the use of different user interfaces.
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AlphaTherem Waltz
A duo for theremin and guitar with some ‘digital wind’ here and there.
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Alpha Dulcimer
My first piece composed using
Carlos Alpha with my Chameleon
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23 Laments
featuring a few sub-modes of 23EDO
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Desert Winds
An improvisation (in 23EDO) I recorded in a single take playing an Omnisphere’s sound
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tiBETAn dreams
An experiment with a mode of Carlos Beta called CarlosBetaPIANO1
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Tribalism #2
With a little help from Melodyne Assistant!
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Tribalism #1
A pitch shift tour de force
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The Dawn Of Beta
Featuring a Wendy Carlos’s non-octave tuning systems: Carlos Beta
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Autumnal Modulations
The first song I composed employing extensive modulations (with
Carlos Gamma tuning system)
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Bicycles And Bowls
A free improvisation featuring 3 Spectrasonics Omnisphere’s sounds
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Bad Henkings
A collaboration among Alister Flint, Chris Vaisvil and me
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Conference Of Flutes
A demo of MOTU’s Ethno2
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Gamma Breezin
The title says it all: I play
Gamma in a casual or lighthearted manner
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Gamma Raga
A song featuring a couple of violin sounds from MOTU Ethno2, a Nord G2 drone sound and a few percussion loops
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Hal Trumpetti
A XenoRomantic song
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Delta Gamma Blues - Version 2
My entry to the
AEH Ethno2 microtonal demos competition
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Delta Gamma Blues
... or how to retune MOTU Ethno2 sounds without having to deal with Scala files!
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The Singing Alchemist
Featuring Camel Audio Alchemy BigTone sound library and Spectral Vocoder, a Nord G2 patch by Swiss synthesist Tim Kleinert
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Glorious 60
My submission to the 2010 60x60 project
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Gamma Monk
One night I had a dream of myself playing B*** M*** by T********* M*** on my Opal
Chameleon tuned to Carlos Gamma with an Omnisphere’s guitar sound
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Chameleons In The Sun
A song using
Carlos Gamma tuning system and Omnisphere’s guitar sounds.
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Glorious Guitars, a short piece based on the following theory: Tetrachordal Gamma
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Gamma Elegy
The second piece I have composed using my Opal Chameleon
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Chameleons in the dark
The first piece I have composed playing my Opal Chameleon
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An Irishman in Guangdong
The title alludes to the hybrid character of the song, the melodic line reminds me of traditional Irish music but played on exotically tuned Asian instruments
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Bix in the sky with Gamma
This tune sounds, to me, like the soundtrack of some TV series of the 50’s
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MetaJar, Groovoland
MetaSynth 5 experiments
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RibboMan and the Maniacs
A ribbon extravaganza, one of my all-time favorites
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Soprano RibbonSax
An experiment using the Doepfer R2M ribbon controller
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Moonlight Gamma Serenade
A piece for strings using the a mode of
Carlos Gamma tuning system
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Ribbon Flute
Featuring a
Doepfer R2M ribbon controller
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Tim's Flutes
In memory of
Tim Conrardy
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Two At Once
A 12tET tune with a microtonal twist!
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Gammalan
A composition based on
Carlos Gamma tuning system using a gamelan inspired virtual orchestra
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Adagio Gamma
A
slow piece using Carlos Gamma tuning system
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Underwater Dreaming
It started out as an experiment while browsing the new sounds of Spectrasonics Omnisphere 1.0.3 update
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Neutral Steel
A song for xenharmonic lap steel guitar and drums
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Carlos Glass 1
A short example demonstrating DYNAMIC MODULATION
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88 Bulgarians
While fooling around with Spectrasonics
Omnisphere I stumbled on this choir sound that I tweaked a bit
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Moonsuite
An experiment using an "empirical" tuning I made up while studying
LMSO's new tuning latch function
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7EDO Dance
A study of "
7 steps Equal Division of the Octave" tuning system
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Qablitum
A piece inspired by listening to this lecture of February 1971 by Lou Harrison:
The Tuning of the Babylonian Harp
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Alphadesert
A piece featuring
Carlos Alpha tuning system
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Hijaz the Charmer
It is based on the traditional Arabic mode called
Maqam Hijaz
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Bohl-en Roll
a piece based on a dodecatonic scale which repeats every 1901.955 cents (3/1 ratio)
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88vocoeast (forum)
Another song based on the same tuning of the previous one (88 east) featuring the technique of microtonal vocoding using a Nord Modular G2 and LMSO (already introduced with Wyshnegradsky's neutral)
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88east (forum)
A song written using a heptatonic mode of 88cET: a non octave scale based on the division of a perfect fifth (3/2) into 8 steps of 88 cents each. This scale has a pseudo octave 1228 cents wide. The seven steps of the scale have been mapped to the seven white keys of my master keyboard. The only sound source is
Cameleon 5000 by Camel Audio
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Wyshnegradsky's neutral (forum)
A short example of microtonal vocoding using a Nord Modular G2 and LMSO. The scale is Wyshnegradsky's neutral, a heptatonic one repeating at the octave with the following cents from tonic: 0, 200, 350, 500, 700, 850, 1050, 1200
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Alphablues (forum)
A little exercise based on the
Carlos Alpha scale: a perfect fifth (3/2) divided into 9 equal parts of 77.995 cents each
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GamelanX (forum) (blog)
A "song" using a "gamelan luang, banjar Sèséh" scale, a pelog tuning from Bali used by Krawang ensembles. Thanks to X.J.Scott to whom this piece is dedicated (see the final X at the end of the title)
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Maqam Bayati (JI) (forum) (blog)
Maqam Bayati is a traditional Arabic scale. this version is a heptatonic scale which repeats every 1200 cents (1 octave). the scale pattern is: 1/1, 12/11, 13/11, 4/3, 3/2, 8/5, 16/9
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Nemovar (forum) (blog)
First section: 12tET Second section: JI (1/1, 16/15, 9/8, 6/5, 5/4 , 4/3, 45/32, 3/2, 8/5, 5/3 , 9/5, 15/8)
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Piano11 (forum) (blog)
A piano song using this scale: (Repeat Ratio: 2:1 - Scale Pattern: 1/1, 11/10, 9/8, 7/6, 5/4, 11/8, 10/7, 3/2, 8/5, 5/3, 7/4, 20/11) and featuring LMSO's "Dynamic Modulation".
I would like you to pay attention to the bottom staff of the scrolling score of "
Piano 11". That one shows "Dynamic Modulation", that, as X.J.Scott states in the LMSO manual:
...enables you to instantly change the anchor settings of your scale, to move the note that the tonic note of the scale appears on to a new anchor key, and to transpose the anchor frequency of the scale accordingly so that things line up.
See also a high definition
movie of the scrolling score or watch it on YouTube.
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Septimal Klezmer (forum) (blog)
My first attempt at writing a song using a non-octave tuning and I think I succeeded in giving it a sense. I will never praise X.J. Scott enough for his LMSO. The scale is called "Septimal Heaven" labeled by Jeff as "entrancing meditative nonoctave"
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Summer 2006 in 11 limit (forum) (blog)
This piece started as a microtonal study on the same scale used for Piano11 but on
Metasynth 4. The sound I came up with reminded me of cicadas I had heard during the summer on the beach here in Italy, so I mixed it with field recordings I had done during vacation featuring my son Jarik
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AlgoXenoJazz (forum) (blog)
Well...what you hear here is an experiment involving midi data being generated by
M, sent to LMSO that retune them, then forwarded to Reason that plays them and finally recorded on Logic Pro thru Soundflower (no ReWire). All in real time! The scale used is "septimal heaven" I already used for my other piece "Septimal Klezmer" but the outcome is very different. See also the movie (a short video of myself improvising with M-LMSO-Reason using the same settings of the song). This movie is on YouTube too.
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Instant Gamelan (forum) (blog)
A short example of a max/msp patch I built to create scales that divide any interval in any number of equal steps and that, at the same time, creates a timbre with consonant partials (somehow proportional to the steps of the scale it is playing). I use additive synthesis with only 8 partials. this example was created dividing a 12th (an octave, 1200 cents, + a perfect fifth, 701.955 cents) into 12 steps (1901.955 cents/12=158.49 cents each step)
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Metashakti (forum) (blog)
This piece was composed using Metasynth 4 and Absynth2. both retuned with LMSO to a scale built dividing a perfect fifth (3/2 or 701.955 cents)) into 6 equal parts (steps of 116.99 cents each). that's a nonoctave scale
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Dorian Schlesinger (forum)
An experiment on a scale I derived from a 13-limit extended tonality diamond, based on the studies, by Kathleen Schlesinger on the tuning systems used in ancient Greece
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Repetitions1 (forum)
The tuning of this piece is based on steps of 175.489 cents each, dividing a just perfect fifth (3/2) into 4 equal steps. It is a non octave scale. The mood is repetitious and exotic. See also the
movie. This video is also featured on the Propellerhead YouTube channel on the Playlist: Made with Reason
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MetaSynthVideo 1 (forum)
A live improvisation with Metasynth Pro 4 captured with Snapz Pro X and edited with iMovie
Watch it on
YouTube
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