Among many things, Jacob & I like to think/talk about our Oddmusic space at the IMC as a “Composer’s Living Room,” a comfortable, quiet place where a person can go to do creative work. I finally put this to the test last weekend, enjoying some hours grooving away in the space, writing something describable as a “microtonal round.” I started working on it last Wednesday in the space, quickly developing three lines of music. I experimented with retuning my steel-string acoustic guitar, then playing a drone chord on a microtonally-tuned midi keyboard. Eventually, I sequenced it in Cubase & retuned with Li’l Miss’ Scale Oven, so I could sing along with it. Jacob & Anna happened to visit right when I’d gotten it playable (what great luck!), so we sang it together.
On Friday night, I revised the piece and added a fourth part (taking a needed break to go downstairs for the Bike-In Movie hosted by the IMC shows group in general & Chris Hampson in particular), & made it home just shy of 2 am. I think I’ve made a good start on something fun, & I’ve really enjoyed having a place to work in solitude.
The scale I used (some just-heads will wonder) is a sequence of overtones — 7 through 14 — repeating at each octave. Since the piece mostly tonicizes the 12th harmonic, I think of it as: 1/1, 13/12, 7/6, 4/3, 3/2, 5/3, 11/6, 2/1. If that means nothing to you yet, no worries. Jacob & I have some very elucidating all-ages composition workshops in the works, so please consider yourself invited to join the paradigm-play!
If you’d like to use our space for a Composer’s Living Room (or something else – make a proposal!) then let’s talk. We want Oddmusic U-C to serve the community, & that means (we insist) YOU!