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Aug 12, 2019

Bill Sethares joins us for a conversation about the relationship between timbre and tuning. Research from Kevin Hobby and Bill Sethares shows us how to design strings with arbitrary inharmonic spectra. One use for this technique is to make inharmonic tunings sound consonant. An example of such an instrument is the...


Jul 31, 2019

Dolores Catherino joins us with interesting conversation about keyboard technique, polychromatic notation, the limits of perception, and artificial intelligence. As a multi-instrumentalist and microtonal musician, she often works in the higher numbered equal tunings of 72 and 106-equal, and gave a TED talk about it...


Jul 11, 2019

Jude Thomas hosts the only all microtonal-radio program (Xen Radio) on KPISS, so we sat down with him to talk about the challenges of having a multi-genre program and being a selective curator. As a barbershop singer in Voices of Gotham, he is keenly aware of how melody and harmony interact, the unique oral traditions...


Jun 25, 2019

UnTwelve 2018 composition winner Brian Riordan talks about his fascinating use of piano transducers and just intonation in “Recorded Ruins.” Indonesian slendro tunings, human interactions with technology, DIY instrument tricks, and the purpose of notation and microtonality permeate this conversation. Why is...


Jun 12, 2019

How does one win a GRAMMY® award? Which never-before-heard recording of Partch himself will be featured on the group’s upcoming album? What does music for the Harry Partch instruments look like? How on earth do the players tune their instruments? Find out in this witty, riveting episode where we talk with John...