19-tone trumpet

Very happy to have received a new CD with a piece of mine on it, Man in Blue Suit Thanks Firefighters. Stephen Altoft and Donald Bousted did a great job of commissioning, interpreting, performing, recording and producing another album of works for solo microtonal trumpet. I feel honoured to be included with so many composers whose music has also focused on alternative tunings and ‘hidden harmonies.’ Get your copy here.

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Heinz Bohlen, R.I.P.

Since Herr Bohlen passed away recently I’ve wanted to write something but couldn’t find the words. Sometimes music can express things that words cannot, or would do so only clumsily. Heinz has been in our thoughts lately and I’m so glad that we had a lot of correspondence last summer. With heavy-lifting from Paul Erlich and Martin Gough we solved a puzzle that he had proposed years ago. I hope to write it up this spring or summer and share it here.

Now I happen to be writing a paper about a piece in Bohlen-Pierce (and Carlos alpha) tuning which will be played at the funeral service today. This is just a coincidence but lets me be there in spirit; I can’t be there physically but will hear about it from my musical partner and muse, Nora-Louise Müller. Continue reading

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Writing Tools

Happy new year! I did entertain the idea of writing on Dec. 31st so that I would have one article for 2015. Alas, it didn’t happen. But I have been writing. Since Oct. 2014 I’ve contributed a chapter for a book and in between moving and having a baby with my partner, I’ve managed to squeeze out a solid third of my dissertation. During the past year I’ve tested many approaches and programs to help me, so perhaps this would be a blog topic to begin 2016, in case you are writing a large document and are considering what software to use. Continue reading

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MicroBlues

For a mini-vacation my partner and I went to Amsterdam and heard our colleague Melle Weijters in recital. He’s a fantastic guitarist and specializes in microtonal instruments, and on Sunday he played his 31-tone guitar with the 31-tone organ—handled by Guus Janssen—at the Muziekgebouw. I don’t do reviews but I can point you to one (in Dutch or English). Instead I’ll write a few short thoughts from that afternoon. Continue reading

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