Thursday, July 25, 2013

Last Sacrament - On the Possible Preserved Visual Consciousness in Blindsight

   '...Blindsight' is a five-track experimental album in 'Lemba' temperament using 16-tone guitars tuned to what is known as "tritones" (7/5 or 10/7) in traditional western music theory... This is to be one of the first metal albums to make heavy use of septimal harmony....
Release is March 2014.

Last Sacrament - Enantiodromia: A microtonal death metal album in 16-tones

Here it is! The first fully 16-tone-intonated microtonal death metal album! This album was recorded on 7-strings we built, and was released June 30th 2013.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Microtonal Scale books for guitar!

31-tone equal temperament scale books for guitar available again!
I have charted almost all the MOS scales in equal temperaments 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, 41, and 46. These look like the charts below in my earlier posts.
Some books are bigger than other but most are around 150-200 pages of just scales, chord scale examples, and quick reference information on the tuning and temperaments in each system. These references guide the reader to an understanding of music perception through the lens of western musical categories, while offering new staff notation and theory for new scales. Many of these document for the first time various types of staff possibilities which meet the theoretical consensus of the tuning list and the xenharmonic community at large.


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Saturday, November 24, 2012

The greatest source for music theory in the world.

This was created some time ago now by Andrew Heathwaite and Jacob Barton, however many people have contributed to this encyclopedia of music-history, theory, math, philosophy, etc... One person whose efforts have been exhaustive and inspiring is Gene Ward Smith. Look at the updates on the wiki for a moment... o.O  

Some astonishingly clean pages have been created that sum up months of work of the Xenharmonic Alliance on facebook - thanks to Keenan Pepper and Mike Battaglia we have pages like:

These mavila modes in guitar scale-chart form can be found below in an earlier post. -RS

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Favorite Microtonal Guitars of the Past......

16-tone steinberger
 16-tone 9-string hand build
 19-tone Ibanez RG
 21-tone RG
 23-tone 8-str RG neck build
 25-tone RG
16-tone RG

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

1/2 Octave period Tuning for 16-tone Guitar

Here is an example of how a scale like Lemba looks when tuning in tritones. It changes everything, and really makes it easier to play sequences, arpeggios and scales in Lemba or any 1/2 octave period scale. Once you adapt, you'll find writing and melody to be intuitively easy. This is set up for f# on top e string and c where b string typically falls on standard guitar (to give you an idea of the string gauges you'll need)..  On a 7-string 3 octave arpeggios are in one position, and you get a low F#........meaning more range than an 8-string on a 7-string!  B) 

16-tone Microtonal Guitar Theory / Scales / Mavila tuning

Here are some examples from the 16-tone equal temperament scale book, 'Hexadecaphonic Scales for Guitar'.