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



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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


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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 132017

A brief compilation of definitions, perspectives and practices on the topic of xenharmonic music…

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ivor Darreg

He coined the term “xenharmonic”, designed and built many original microtonal musical instruments, and wrote voluminous amounts of material about various musical tunings. Perhaps his most important contribution to music theory was his idea that different tunings exhibit different “moods”.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Xenharmonic Music

Xenharmonic music is that which uses a tuning system which neither conforms to nor closely approximates the common 12-tone equal temperament. The term xenharmonic was coined by Ivor Darreg, from xenia (Greek ξενία), “hospitable,” and xenos (Greek ξένος) “foreign.” He stated it as being “intended to include just intonation and such temperaments as the 5-,7-, and 11-tone, along with the higher-numbered really-microtonal systems as far as one wishes to go.”

John Chalmers, author of “Divisions of the Tetrachord”, writes: “The converse of this definition is that music which can be performed in 12-tone equal temperament without significant loss of its identity is not truly microtonal.” Thus xenharmonic music may be distinguished from the more common twelve-tone equal temperament, as well as some use of just intonation and equal temperaments, by the use of unfamiliar intervals, harmonies, and timbres.

Elaine Walker | NewMusicBox

What Is Xenharmonic Music?

“Xenharmonic” is the generic term that we use to refer to scales that have more, or less, notes per octave than our standard twelve-tone tuning. The pitches in xenharmonic scales are either too close together or too far apart to fit any familiar melody we’ve ever known. However, it is possible to write new music with new harmonic relationships that humankind has never heard before.

Elaine Walker is an electronic musician, microtonal composer, and builds new types of music keyboards. She is also the author of a physics/philosophy book, Matter Over Mind: Cosmos, Chaos, and Curiosity.

Xenharmonic Music Introduction and Tutorial | Brendan Byrnes

Introduction to xenharmonic/microtonal music concepts, tuning, and the harmonic series. Analysis of “Kaleidoscopic”. Music and tutorial by Brendan Byrnes.

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