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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 structures in equal tunings.

 

Music

Intro: Easley Blackwood - Fanfare in 19edo

Outro: Easley Blackwood - Suite for Guitar in 15edo (I)
Easley Blackwood - Twelve Microtonal Etudes (16, 21, 23, 13, 17, 24, 14, 20, 19 are played)
Alexander Scriabin - Sonata in F# minor
Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (Farmers Pavan CCLXXXVII, meantone)
Nicola Vicentino - Madonna il poco dolce (31edo)

Stephen Weigel - Six Macrotonal Etudes (10, 7 are played)

Microtonal Compositions liner notes: http://www.cedillerecords.org/album-artwork/018-blackwood-microtonal-booklet.pdf

Microtonal Compositions: https://open.spotify.com/album/4NtUMHRVqNcnvB5stDwjnn?si=vfWw_Ue2Tsy3bZrRUL-1eA

Analysis of Twelve Microtonal/Six Macrotonal Etudes: https://www.stephenweigelcomposerperformer.com/xenharmonic-analysis

 

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