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Dec 31, 2019

Join us for a walk in the woods with renowned composer Toby Twining as we discuss his monumental choral work, the Chrysalid Requiem. Our topics include spiraling notation, Ben Johnston, the New York scene, pragmatic approaches for performance, Dies irae, juvenilia, guide tracks, technology, and accessibility. Our first...

Dec 30, 2019

Glacier 2.0 is opera for the future - a polysystemic array of multimedia influenced by jazz, improvisation, and shown on a visual score for all to see. For extra material, check out this episode on our YouTube channel, which shows the parts of the score lining up with excerpts that are played. What a brilliant gathering...

Nov 12, 2019

On this episode, Amanda Cole and Stephen Weigel discuss beating in sine tones, instrument design, harmonics, and wine glasses used for microtones among other topics!


Intro: Microtallic - Amanda Cole

Cirrus - Amanda Cole

Vibraphone Theories (I) - Amanda Cole

Music for Cello with One or More Amplified Vases - Alvin...

Nov 12, 2019

Reilly Spitzfaden (they/them) composes music for creatively designed acoustic instruments with a focus on timbre and tone color. In this episode, we discuss microtonality in three of their pieces, and an upcoming fourth piece in 14-tone equal temperament! We also discuss different viewpoints about what makes a tuning...

Oct 31, 2019

Kyle Gann, avid minimalist and former student of Ben Johnston, discusses his new tuning textbook and two of his most influential compositions with Jacob Barton and Stephen Weigel.


Intro: Galactic Jambouree (Hyperchromatica) – Kyle Gann

Charing Cross – Kyle Gann

The Insomnia of Lilacs – Kyle Gann

New Aunts...