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A lot of people who are familiar with my work will also be familiar with Dolores Catherino’s hugely inspiring music. She uses the Tonal Plexus keyboard controller to make very spacey electronic music with an 106 note per octave scale. (Yes, that’s the very in-tune 53-EDO multiplied by 2, just cos).
Check out her TEDx talk from January this year for her perspective on microtonality. She also has lots of music on her dolomuse YouTube channel. Crucial stuff.
Sevish has released his new EP titled MK-SUPERDUPER and you can get it now from bandcamp. MK-SUPERDUPER has 3 tracks of lush, liquid, atmospheric drum’n’bass using microtonal tunings.
The download includes a PDF liner notes booklet – check it out to discover how MK-SUPERDUPER got its name. Enjoy the new sounds!
Microtonal music watch!
Some great music coming from David Fiuczynski this month. I cannot get over the amazing combo of Dilla-esque beats, bird calls and David’s microtonal guitar playing. Looking forward to getting the whole album, but for now this video is a perfect teaser…
You can buy a limited edition yellow LP, CD, or download it from RareNoiseRecords.
Sevish’s new EP MK-SUPERDUPER will be released on April 1st. MK-SUPERDUPER is all about liquid dnb and experimental bass music with xenharmonic scales. I just made a short video on YouTube for the preview.
I had a lot of fun writing these tunes so check them out next Friday!
“Springtime so fine…”
The opening line from Redrick Sultan’s new album ‘Fly as a Kite.’ Around this time of year when the weather gets warmer my appreciation of music increases tenfold.
Redrick Sultan are an acoustic rock band from Vancouver, with a very melodic vocal style underpinned by microtonal guitars to offer just a slight experimental twist. It works perfectly to my ears. Definitely worth checking out.
My personal fave track: jest us
This is not just a “theory”. Sevish produced 3 liquid drum and bass tracks to honor the secret microtonal bass society – the MK-SUPERDUPER conspiracy will be exposed on April 1st.
You can download the first track now if you pre-order MK-SUPERDUPER on my bandcamp page.
Newly released on the split-notes label, a 9-track record of beautifully sculpted xenharmonic electronic music by composer and poet müesk: Eventual
Eventual is full of these atmospheric and evocative pieces which often defy normal expectations of structure, rhythm and tonality in delightful ways. The download also includes a short collection of poems.
The album features myself (Sevish), Banaphshu with Kraig Grady, Brendan Byrnes (ft. Louis Lopez), Carlos Devizia, Tony Dubshot, Jacky Ligon, Miekko, John Moriarty, Mosstone, Steve Mueske, Mythshifter, Robin Perry, Joseph Post, Carlo Serafini, Tall Kite, Elaine Walker, and Ozan Yarman (Ph.D.)
This free album is a snapshot of the online microtonal music community at the start of 2016 and shows a variety of approaches to groove-based microtonal/xenharmonic music. Check out the included liner notes to find out more about each artist and their approach to microtonality. If this is your first experience with microtonal music, then listen well and welcome to the madness!!
An example of a microtonal chord progression in 22-edo (22-tone equal temperament). These harmonies would be impossible to reproduce accurately using standard Western tuning. The tempo and velocity is controlled by a drunk walk using the drunk object in Max/MSP (Max 4 Live). Sound designs using Xen-Arts IVOR and FMTS2.
I’ve been following Dolores Catherino’s beautiful microtonal music for quite a while and it’s fascinating to get a look into her musical space. Everybody has a different approach to microtonality and hers is certainly different to mine. There are some very cool pieces of kit on display, like the Starr Labs Microzone U-648, H-Pi Tonal Plexus, Haken Continuum Fingerboard, and ROLI Seaboard.
This video also serves as a very inspiring introduction to why one would start using microtonal scales to push music into the future.
She also mentions that we could extend frequencies up above and beyond the range of human hearing (i.e. above 20kHz) with future advancements in sample rate fidelity and loudspeaker design. While it remains to be seen if this would have an effect on our perception of the music, it’s very interesting food for thought.