Sevish Music

Leimma & Apotome: two new web tools for microtonal music

Two new tools have just appeared that will interest folks working with microtonal scales and tunings: Leimma and Apotome. These tools were launched as part of CTM Festival 2021 and were created by Khyam Allami and Counterpoint.

Leimma

Leimma is a browser-based tool for exploring, creating, hearing, and playing microtonal tuning systems.

Apotome

Apotome is a browser-based generative music environment based on octave-repeating microtonal tuning systems and their subsets (scales/modes).

Koko – S​/​T

Eight mostly loop-based compositions for a Yamaha DX7ii FD synthesizer that was re-tuned to a microtonal scale. Released February 5, 2021.

Marcus Satellite – Heavenly Bodies

Marcus Satellite’s new album uses tunings based on Erv Wilson’s work.

STAFFcirc vol. 7 – Terra Octava

Terra Octava is a collaboration album from the collective at STAFFcirc.

Sounds of digital fusion, chiptune, jazz and electronic music in a variety of equal tempered tunings.

Featuring Cryptovolans, Reuben Gingrich, Jaq, Chimeratio, petet, manfish, STC_1001, STC_1002, STC_1003, STC_1004, Vince Kaichan, Hunter Van Brocklin, Tancla, Emelia K., Abd al-Mahdi, Themnotyou, Sintel, 0x70457465, limeboiler, clown core, b-knox, amimifafa, ordinate and Sevish.

The microtonal tunings include 34edo, 22edo, 19edo, 16edo, 10edo and others – but also the tiny ones like 6edo, 4edo, 3edo, 2edo, 1edo, 0edo!

My track Fuschiamarine in 7edo is on there.

I’m actually blown away by what everybody was able to achieve here. They’re all deep into their musical craft – and some of them are pros at tuning already – some are trying microtones for the first time. Hope you’ll enjoy the listen!

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Scale Workshop 1.2 released

Screenshot of Scale Workshop 1.2

1.2 Changelog

New features

  • Approximate scale by harmonics of an arbitrary denominator
  • Approximate scale by subharmonics of an arbitrary numerator
  • Approximate scale to equal divisions

Bug fixes

  • ‘Stretch/compress’ now works as it should
  • ‘Tempo-sync beating’ now works as it should

Misc changes

  • ‘Clear scale’ function now moved into ‘New’ menu
  • ‘Mode’ renamed to ‘Subset’
  • Various updates to the user guide

Other recent additions

  • Scale Workshop now works with Harmor and Sytrus by Image-Line, via .fnv tuning file (thanks to Azorlogh).
  • The ‘Approximate by ratios’ option walks you through each step of your scale and proposes ratios that are approximately close.
  • Generate scales from an ‘Enumerate chord’ e.g. 4:5:6:7:8

Links

Launch Scale Workshop

Report issue on GitHub

Some micro sounds for the end of 2020

Here is some new microtonal music I heard recently.

Benyamind – Namoic

Zhea Erose – Eurybia

Gunerius & Verdensveven – Blå disko a lá türk

Abstract Type – Waves of Isidis

FAST-fast – Spaceman

Giorgi Mikadze – Georgian Microjamz

Xotla – Microtonal Funk Blues Vol. 2

Planet MicroJam Institute ft Yazhi Guo – Fung Wah Express

acreil – finished Pure Data IDM patch from lecture

Stephen Weigel – Ignoring Years of Hindsight

Jacob Collier – The Christmas Song

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – K.G.

Everything you need to know about the upcoming Sevish album ‘Bubble’

Release date: January 1st, 2021
Available on Bandcamp and major streaming services

About the new album

The new Sevish album will be called Bubble. It is a continuation and refinement of my own little musical world. You can expect microtonal wonky melodies and harmonies with IDM flourishes throughout. The album has a mix of styles – drum and bass, midtempo groovy jams, techno. The album closes with something very warm and fuzzy.

If you’re looking for more music like my previous albums Harmony Hacker, Horixens, Rhythm & Xen, Sean but not Heard and Golden Hour – this is it!

Bubble will be available January 1st 2021 on all major streaming services. Digital downloads will be available on Bandcamp for £5.

Get an early preview

If you want to hear Bubble one week early, I will host a listening party on YouTube where you can hear the album in full. Simply join the link on December 26th starting 8pm (UTC) and enjoy some new sounds. I’ll be present in the live chat so come and say hello!

Update: the listening party has already happened and it was a big success, thanks everybody :)

Get a press pack

Influencers, disc jockeys, bloggers etc. — please request a press pack via my contact form and I will send you a full album download plus a copy of the press release.

A few more little details

The album uses microtonal tunings like 22edo, 7edo and just intonation.
All tracks are new, written in 2019/2020, using Bitwig Studio on Linux (KDE Neon).
8 tracks / 42:12 duration.

Thanks to the blessing of YouTube and Spotify’s suggestion algorithms, plus a helpful mention from Adam Neely, last year I saw my audience grow faster than ever. Almost 20,000 of you are now subscribed to my music on YouTube and nearly 20,000 Spotify users streamed Sevish last month.

There is a lot of music in the world and yet you’re tuning into mine – so I want to thank every one of you!

Sevish - Bubble album front cover

Tuning presets for Bitwig Studio’s Micro-Pitch device

I’ve added some presets you can use to make microtonal music in Bitwig Studio. The zip includes all edo tunings up to 55edo and a selection of other microtonal scales that might inspire your next melody.

Instructions: unzip the files in your "~/Bitwig Studio/Library/Presets/" directory. Launch Bitwig. Load a preset into the Micro-Pitch device.

A screenshot of the Micro-Pitch device in Bitwig Studio

Download (zip)
For Bitwig Studio 3.1 and up

Sevish and Brendan Byrnes to launch vinyl crowdfunder campaign

If you would like to own a vinyl record featuring songs from both Sevish and Brendan Byrnes, here’s your chance.

Image showing a mix of album covers from Sevish and Brendan Byrnes

We need your help to decide what tracks to include on the record. To find out, we set up two polls. Go ahead and make your selections!


Choose your Sevish tracks

Choose your Brendan Byrnes tracks


Later we will kick off a crowdfunding campaign to manufacture the records.

All tracks will be specially mastered for vinyl.

Stay tuned as the campaign hasn’t yet started.

By choosing your fave tracks, you’re helping us take the first steps. Thank you! :)

Using Microtones in Electronic Music (microtonal tutorial)

If you are looking for a quick introduction to microtonal scales in computer music, then I invite you to watch my latest tutorial video.

Using Microtones in Electronic Music explains how to tune software synths to microtonal scales, for composition and production using a DAW-based workflow.

Microtonal music is a deep topic, and this tutorial video is just one possible starting point. If you know of alternative approaches then please do share your knowledge with others!

Contents

0:00 Intro
0:30 What software
2:00 Tuning up
2:35 5edo
4:37 Messing around with 19edo
14:40 19edo semaphore[9]
18:19 A golden ratio inspired tuning
27:00 Some chords of 22edo
32:07 How a song like Gleam looks on piano roll

Links mentioned in the video