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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...


May 31, 2019

The Mercury Tree is an experimental prog band from Portland, Oregon, and we interviewed them in the middle of their Spidermilk tour across the U.S. Spidermilk is entirely in 17-tone equal temperament, though the band have also used microtones previously (Permutations, Cryptic Tree EP). Spidermilk is a particularly...


May 11, 2019

Brendan Byrnes joins Sevish and Stephen Weigel for a chill chat about all things microtonal music. Brendan composes and performs both solo and with his band Ilevens.

 

Important questions are answered, such as: Why do drummers prefer 12edo? What microtonalist almost moved in with Brendan? How might MIDI 2.0 make...


May 11, 2019

Which piece of music is favored most by Easley Blackwood’s cat? And which one of his etudes caused people at the O’Hare airport to call him “crazy” when played over the speakers? Find out in this landmark episode! Here, we discuss both the Twelve and Six Etudes, analysis of them, various equal tunings, and chord...


Apr 16, 2019

Stephen and Ben discuss interactive technology and the merits of microtonal composition. Within interactive technology comes a host of questions, both about acoustic instruments (will robots be taking over violin players’ jobs?) and synths. Microtonal accidentals, gear, MIDI 2.0, sound masses, and Baroque tunings are...