Jan 142018

Of special interest to xenharmonic, microtonal and modular synthesis enthusiasts, will be the below recent video interview with our very own friend-in-all-things-xen-bass, Tony Dubshot, where he discusses the cutting edge microtuning technology found in the new Tubbutec µTune microtonal Eurorack module.

Besides being among the most powerful modular synthesis modules for exploring full-keyboard-microtuning since the MOTM-650, the visionary Tubbutec µTune also features a large selection of microtunings from the Scala archive and Sevish, as well as the Xen-Arts VSTi microtuning library featured in the instruments found on this site.

Some amazing sounding related musical and educational examples emanating from the deep-dub-xen-bass zones at Dubbhism:

Tony Dubshot ~ Alle 13 Vals (Xenharmonic Modular Mixx)

Xenharmonic demo | Linear FM timbres

Tubbutec µTune microtonal Eurorack module

Tony Dubshot | Dubbhism



 Posted by at 12:54 am
Nov 052017

Of special interest to xenharmonic music enthusiasts will be the upcoming LP from Justin Curfman’s group, Feeding Fingers, entitled, Do Owe Harm, scheduled for release in January 2018. Check out the official video for the track, Fontanelle, spectacularly directed & animated by motion graphic and visual artist Steven Lapcevic:

Justin has provided some insightful information about his microtuning strategy for this and the other tracks on the record, as featuring 17-EDO (17 tone equal temperament), the MTS microtuning enabled Korg Monologue, fretless bass, a guitar-neck from xenharmonic guitarist and luthier, Ron Sword, as well as a selection of Xen-Arts VSTi, describing the intonational approach as ‘polytonal’…

All of which work together with the impeccable engineering, sound-designs, excellent vocal and ensemble performances, to create a shimmering deep-xen atmosphere. These are some really fresh xenharmonic sounds and I will be looking forward to picking up the record when available next month.

Feeding Fingers | Website

Feeding Fingers – Do Owe Harm | Bandcamp

Tephramedia | YouTube Channel


 Posted by at 1:53 pm
Nov 052017

During meandering sessions about the web last month, I happened upon this amazing sounding record, which I subsequently purchased in FLAC format from the artist’s Bandcamp page:

Ametsub – Mbira Lights 1



A spectacularly beautiful live performance from Ametsub on the Array Mbira

What will be of particular interest to Xen-Arts visitors, is that Ametsub’s custom Array Mbira is made by the visionary inventor, microtonal musical instrument designer, and just-intonation musician, Bill Wesley. Learn more about their mbira, as well as the work of Bill Wesley and craftsman Patrick Hadley here:

Array Instruments

Array Instruments | About Us

 Posted by at 12:31 pm
Aug 272017

Xen-Arts is pleased to announce the publication of an article on the MIDI Association site at MIDI.org:

Microtuning and Alternative Intonation Systems

Microtuning virtual and electronic hardware instruments: An overview of formats and methods for using alternative intonation systems

The article covers, encapsulates and extrapolates on topics featured in the Xen-Articles, Microtuning Virtual Instruments series on this site, but features a more in depth examination and PSA about the implementation of the Scala SCL and linear KBM format in software virtual instruments, in an effort to draw attention to why it’s crucial to have the KBM part of the specification available for serious microtonal and xenharmonic music composition.

Please feel free to share your impressions in the comments below, or otherwise on the MIDI Association article page. It would be great to hear from you.

 Posted by at 7:07 pm