Category Archives: Music

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 … Continue reading

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STOMP

I finally saw STOMP and it was fantastic. A production came through Hamburg and I caught the last show, though a little late because of bicycle problems and train problems. As a drummer and someone interested in dance and theatre … Continue reading

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84ed2 (2): George Orwell and Microtonality

In part two we will build a tenuous bridge between the composer John Cage and writer George Orwell. I already started with the banner picture of Cage performing on a TV show called Good Morning Mr. Orwell, from 1984. Orwell, … Continue reading

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84ed2 (1): John Cage and Microtonality

Cage’s final period was notable, unsurprisingly, in at least two or three respects: he devised a system of time bracket notation with varying degrees of rigidity and looseness, he entitled his works with a dry, basic numbering system, and three … Continue reading

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Arduino variable types

Happy New Year, Bonne année, and Frohes neues Jahr! 2014 will see me fooling around with an Arduino microcontroller. I made a rudimentary ‘light organ’ using photosensors and Max/MSP. You play music by covering the sensors with your fingers, and … Continue reading

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Spectropol Records

Many thanks to Bruce Hamilton for including one of my works on this album! I am happy to be heard amongst my colleagues. “Possible Worlds Volume Two continues Spectropol’s showcase of contemporary microtonal/xenharmonic music and sound art from around the … Continue reading

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Bayreuth Composers’ Commune

I travelled down to Bavaria last August to participate in the inaugural Composers’ Commune, a new initiative of the venerable Festival Junger Künstler Bayreuth. The host organisation has always had a political mandate to bring artists from the ‘east’ and … Continue reading

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