Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Term Microtonality: Strict or Loose interpretation.

I try to avoid the word Microtonality like the plague. I never mention it on releases except for one time i included one sentence for which I was called out for by one critic (sic?).
If though we are going to tolerate the term , which encompasses more and more each day, perhaps it might be good to draw the line in the sand somewhere.
As a start and to get to the point:

 It should be intentional. For instance, accidental deviations from say, the standard scale need not apply. A lack of directionality might also be in keeping here, say not the result of a random choice of objects or even a process. A scale though determined by ear should be included as a valid method even if no math is involved.

 It should be a feature in the approach to the music. If not then perhaps we might start calling the miked acoustic guitar of a folk singer, electronic music. Technically it is, but also trivially too. Basically if it can removed without changing the character and expression of the music, we might be better to refer to the music what features the music is actually using.

In terms of other cultures, for the time being, it seems ok to refer to any intonational practice outside one's own as microtonal. In turn those in those culture should in turn be allowed to return the favor. In the long run, it might be better to limit it to being outside the cultures at hand, assuming an uncentered norm, even if the practice seems limited to one cultural practice at the moment.

For myself , I am going to use my own term Mesotonal explained back here



Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

Book recommendations on Microtonality

This blog post is basically a handy list of written resources for those interested in Just intonation and microtonality starting from the simplest to the more specialized and detailed. We suggest owning hard copies as all serve as important references.


The Just intonation Primer by David B. Doty
http://www.dbdoty.com/Words/Primer1.html

Just Intonation Explained By Kyle Gann
http://www.kylegann.com/tuning.html

On The Sensations of Tone. Hermann Helmholtz
http://store.doverpublications.com/0486607534.html
   
Genesis of a Music by Harry Partch
https://monoskop.org/images/b/be/Partch_Harry_Genesis_of_a_Music_2nd_ed.pdf

Divisions of the Tetrachord by John Chalmers
http://eamusic.dartmouth.edu/~larry/published_articles/divisions_of_the_tetrachord/

Microtonality and the Tuning Systems of Erv Wilson by Terumi Narushima (available in Octotober 2017)
https://www.routledge.com/Microtonality-and-the-Tuning-Systems-of-Erv-Wilson/Narushima/p/book/9781138857568

Musical Mathematics by Cris Forster
https://www.amazon.com/Musical-Mathematics-Science-Acoustic-Instruments/dp/0811874079

Harmonic Experience by W. A. Mathieu
https://www.amazon.com/Harmonic-Experience-Harmony-Natural-Expression/dp/0892815604

'Temperament' and 'Temperament; or the Divisions of the Octave' R.H.M. Bosanquet
 http://anaphoria.com/library.html

Greek Musical Writings: Volume II, Harmonic and Acoustic Theory. Edited by Andrew Barker.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Greek-Musical-Writings-Cambridge-Literature/dp/0521616972

Multiple Division of the Octave and the Tonal Resources of 19-Tone Temperament. Mayer Joel Mandelbaum. Thesis
http://anaphoria.com/mandelbaumthesis.pdf

The Greek Aulos by Kathleen Schlesinger
https://archive.org/details/KathleenSchlesingerTheGreekAulos

Augusto Novaro Musica Natural and approximation (Two editions) 1927-29 and 1951
http://anaphoria.com/novaro.html

Tuning and Temperament: a Historical Survey. Barbour, J.Murray 1951
https://archive.org/details/tuningtemperamen00barb


I will be updating this as i am sure i am forgetting many