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Feb 12, 2019

In this episode, Stephen and Sevish discuss microtonal guitar music with Jack Tickner, who is a part of many bands and projects and mods guitars into different frettings (Wollongong, Maybe Pile, and his self-titled music)! Topics include accessibility/production, ear training and perception, auditioning scales in the...


Jan 31, 2019

In this episode, Stephen discusses ear training and sliding-pitch techniques with two members of UnTwelve, Jacob and Chris. (Be sure to spread the word about UnTwelve 2019 camp, happening from August 4-13 at the Gesundheit Institute in West Virginia)! The three composers discuss performance techniques and music theory...


Jan 24, 2019

Our guest today is Dr. John Chalmers, author of Divisions of the Tetrachord. He shares his experiences and interactions with Harry Partch, Erv Wilson, Ivor Darreg, and other folks working with microtonal and xenharmonic music. We had a good chat about various tuning systems such as tritriadic scales and the merits of...


Dec 20, 2018

In this episode, Stephen and SEVISH talk with Elaine Walker (the brains behind “ZIA”) about her new EP (Four-Momentum) and various equal tunings. Recurring experiential topics include performance, hardware/software, compression/mastering/pop-music, and composing strategies. Elaine also has a lot to say about...


Nov 30, 2018

What instruments are good for playing microtonal music and why? Can synthesizers be a useful tool for exploring xenharmonics? And what microtonal scales would be good for beginners to start experimenting? Other topics include: collecting musical instruments, kalimbas and mavila temperament, how well instruments can keep...