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Re: Microtonality in looping

I made little stickers on my fretless bass for 13 notes/octave.  It sounds 
okay, but surprisingly it sounds even cooler if I tune the strings to the 
microtonal intervals(which you need to do anyway) but play in the 
12notes/octave positions.  That is, instead of tuning by harmonics I tune 
the adjacent strings to the closest 13notes/octave pitch, then play as I 
would normally where the original frets are located.

On Aug 7, 2011, at 6:26 AM, Per Boysen wrote:

> As I enjoyed David Beardley's video "Microtonal Guitar..." I stumbled
> into this other video that I have seen and liked a lot in the past. It
> is a guy with a guitar that has adjustable frets so he can adjust it
> to any microtonal scale and the point is that he explains about
> microtonal scales in a great way, gives a sort of excellent
> introduction to the field. My own interest in micrtonality emerged out
> of frustration with the guitar and as I picked up wind isntruments on
> the side I noticed that when not held back by the rigid mechanics of
> frets you tend to intonate certain notes in a scale differently - and
> "better" as you do it according to your own taste rather than the
> instrument's limitations. Now, when the guy in this video talks about
> just intonation and pure intervals he is spot on topic from a live
> looping point of view. This is because when we kick in Half Speed,
> Double Speed or any speed or pitch shifting it is a pure a
> mathematical transformation. Looping devices doesn't compensate by
> sometimes delivering a little twisted fifths in order to make thirds
> sound fuller. I remember Henry Kaiser talked about this at YK7, using
> a delay device with squarewave modulated frequency, and now I've heard
> he has gotten a guitar with a True Temperament fretting set up to
> match this. Neat! BTW the global microtonal library in Logic is why I
> like using an EWI with those synths. And there's a lot of fun in
> fiddling with microtonal scales by ear. Metasynth supports it in a
> powerful way, if you are inclined towards electronic composition and
> Alchemy is has a cool live player's interface that include micro
> scales as well as a good arpeggioator.
> Anyway, here's the URL to the video:
> http://youtu.be/yhdpsuXtewY
> Greetings from Sweden
> Per Boysen
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