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Microtonal Music

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On the Shores of the Dead Sea

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This is a guitar piece in classical style in 17 notes per octave using the 17 version of the phyrgian mode. In normal 12 equal tuning phyrgian mode starts on E and has no sharps or flats. The recording was made with my 17 edo electric guitar through my Marshall amp and my Zoom H2.

In this piece I play in a mode similar using the following notes from 17 equal
0, 1, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17
or in steps
1, 3, 3, 3, 1, 3, 3

I do have a 2 as an accidental in there at one point to make parallel fifths on o and 1 work. (5:00-ish video, 4:30 in the MP3)

For the composition, I developed a framework last night and this morning and then in Jazz style improvised around the pre-determined framework.

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Gumbo said

Lovely! So your guitar has 17 frets to the octave or you retune so the octave is at the 17th fret instead of the 12th? does it tune up in a similar way? which fret gives you the note for the next string?

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thetworegs said

Good stuff Chris as far as the introduction goes i have to agree with Alex i understood "This is a guitar piece" but that's all.The video it's great it puts a face to you although a very serious concentrated one. Good one

Guest said

Am totally inspired to make more videos to accompany tracks. This is really effective!

Guest said

A most interesting and beautiful listen with lots of atmosphere. Lovely Chris!

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A Bit More Better Productions said

i thoroughly enjoyed this. jus read the description n understood as far as.. this is a guitar piece! some people really know their shit! tis a good thing

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richardlaceves said

very nice,,, im going to have to come back and watch the video,, in a way it reminds me of the softer side of Michael Hedges, have you ever heard of him? if not i think you would really enjoy looking him up,,,, this is very beautiful!! perhaps we could figure out some sort of piano and guitar colab... though im not sure how that might work with the tunings you use,, but perhaps i can re-tune my yamaha i use for recording,,, or we take care Richard,, and once again well done!!

Guest said

Wish it lasted an hour...compelling and wonderful! Great!!

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epimeison said