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Now&Xen

Sep 10, 2019

Join us for an episode featuring Johnny Reinhard, legendary bassoonist and head of the American Festival of Microtonal Music. We shoot the breeze, discuss 128 tuning, and talk about microtonal performance and practice on the bassoon. Other topics include polymicrotonality, improvisation, and playing technique. His...


Aug 27, 2019

Which household cleaning supply secretly identifies as a Bohlen-Pierce instrument? Find out in this episode!

The annual UnTwelve event brings together microtonal and xenharmonic composers from a variety of different backgrounds. Our discussion focused around theory and practice of each others’ pieces. We also perform...


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...