RASP new CD released soon!

In a few weeks time Stephen Altoft is releasing his new CD, RASP.  To whet your appetites the full CD notes can be downloaded here: RASP CD Programme Notes.  Stephen is presenting 11 recently written pieces in 19-division tuning.  Like the Yasser Collection before it, these pieces are diverse in orientation and international in outlook.  The CD, presented as a Digipack, will be available through Tutti.

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small is beautiful

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We are delighted to be partners of this International Symposium on microtonality – SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL. The full programme is attached and the quality and range of presentations speaks for itself.  Held at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, this has got to be an event not to miss for microtonalists.  Curated and organised by microtonal guitarist and composer Agustín Castilla-Ávila of the International Ekmelic Music Society.

Hale/Kurth Finale to EUROMicroFest 2017

Casey Hale
Casey Hale
The final concert of EUROMicroFest 2017 (Saturday, 20:30 Uhr, E-Werk) involves two stalwart MicroFest performers, Stephen Altoft (19-div trumpet) and Lee Ferguson (percussion) – duo Contour.  This time with Casey Hale (USA), 19-div Guitar and Jan F. Kurth (DE), Voice.

Casey Hale is an American composer, guitarist and musicologist living in Bristol, UK.  He received his doctorate in composition from the City University of New York, where his research explored improvised music through the lens of cultural studies. His compositions have been performed by the American Symphony Orchestra, Da Capo Chamber Players, and TRANSIT ensemble, among others, and his recent efforts have

been focused on microtonal harmonic resources.

 

Enneadecahedron is a project in 19-tone equal temperament for electric guitar, trumpet and percussion. It explores the ambiguities in how we hear music that divides the octave into nineteen parts, playing with a variety of harmonic interpretations like varying perspectives on a nineteen-sided object. The fragmentary movements that comprise the work form an evolving collection, a modular series of studies opening out onto a work perpetually in-progress.

 

Jan F. Kurth (c) Doradzillo
Jan F. Kurth
Jan F. Kurth (*1982) is a singer, impov musician and composer. He grew up in Cologne and studied Jazz Voice, Recorder, electronic music and music pedagogy at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden as well as flm music composition at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg. In 2005 and 2006 he was a project fellow at Fabrica Musica, Treviso/Italy and in 2008 at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart/Germany. His focus lies on exploring ways of expression for the voice in different contexts, with and without lyrics, and the connection of music, language, image and movement. He lives in Freiburg, Germany.
His new piece, Das System is in 19-division tuning with a text by Michael Spyra.

Christian Klinkenberg’s Microtonal Opera “Das Kreuz der Verlobten”

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Christian Klinkenberg’s first opera Das Kreuz der Verlobten (The Cross of the Engaged) was premiered in February 2017. Western music theory operates within the boundaries of a 12 tone octave. By splitting up the octave into microtones however, a composer is given a broader array of possibilities. Possibly infinite possibilities. How to deal with infinity? Can the ratios of the harmonic series provide us with a framework? The composer also used graphical notation to make microtonality more intuitive for the musicians.

 

In the presentation, examples of microtonal techniques will be explained with the support of video excerpts of the first performance of the opera.

The story of the opera: Marie Solheid and François Reiff are probably the most famous victims of the High Fens (Hohes Venn), a huge moor area in the Ardennes: In the summer of 1870, during the fair in the village of Jalhay, Belgium, two young people meet. Soon, they are yearning the wedding. In January 1871, Marie and Francois make their way to Xhoffraix, Maries birth-place, in order to get her marriage papers. But then they’re surprised by a severe snowstorm. Weeks later, on March 22, 1871, the body of the 24-year-old Maria Solheid is found …

Sevish at EUROMicroFest 2017

19th May, 20.30 E-Werk

SevishEUROMicroFest are delighted to welcome Sean Archibald (AKA SEVISH) to EUROMicroFest 2017. He will present a talk explaining how he discovered microtonality and developed a unique genre influenced by 20th century electronica. Then he will talk about the software that allows him make this music, and some of the difficulties that it has been necessary to overcome.  He will talk briefly about the split-notes label which focuses on microtonal music in “popular” forms. He will be talking a bit, but playing a lot of examples, some with animations.

Since his album Golden Hour, Sevish’s technique has included a dark art known as microtonality/xenharmonics. For short, we can call this xen. The xen aesthetic tries to achieve new musical ideas by making things more (or less) in-tune than normal music. This is done by tuning instruments to some tonal system far different to the 12-tone system we hear daily.

Sevish’s influences are varied. 90’s rave and drum’n’bass. Mid-20th Century electronic music like Wendy Carlos and Raymond Scott. Smartypants dance music like μ-ziq, Squarepusher, Aphex Twin and all them lot. Gamelan. Minimalism and extremely repetitive music. And also music which has no repetition at all. Field recordings and all sounds in their entirety. Ambient and drone music. Video game soundtracks—with a soft spot for Sega Genesis FM sounds. Funk. 80’s club music. Modern day xenharmonic music such as Jacky Ligon, Brendan Byrnes, City of the Asleep, Elaine Walker and many others. Jazz. Ancient music. The traditional music of various peoples and other earthlings. Glitches. Breakcore and other -cores. Prog, space, or psychedelic anything. Hip hop and beats.