On Fire

This is a set of pieces created in the first half of 2012. All use 72-EDO tuning. Out of the 72 tones, I picked a ten note scale based on the undertone series plus one more note for each piece. From those ten notes, I play in a mode that includes only six notes. Some 6-note subsets are very simple and pleasing, and others are more challenging.

All make use of indeterminacy to choose the scales and rhythms in various ways. I run the score through the algorithm several times and chose one to keep. The number at the end of the titles is the version. For example, Mode for Strings #7 is the seventh time through the algorithm.

Most of the pieces use a similar technique of choosing a ten note scale, and six note subsets, and changing to a different six note subset as it moves through the piece. All are in 72-EDO, made using Csound as a sample synthesizer and my Pascal based code pre-processor.

More information for each piece, including direct download links and more charts can be found on the following blog entries:

Title Blog Posts
Mode for Strings 3/1/12
2/28/12
2/27/12
Serenade for Alto Flute 2/20/12
2/18/12
2/11/12
2/2/12
Sleeping Wolve’s Dance 3/21/12
3/21/12
4/2/12
4/6/12
4/7/12
4/11/12
June Gloom 6/30/12
Black Crow/Blue Sky 4/24/12
5/2/12
Strings in 9/8 1/31/12
1/31/12
2/1/12
Ernie’s Shuffle on Ten 3/9/12
3/15/12
3/17/12
Rattlesnake Ridge 4/29/12
Drums in 12/8 1/2/12

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