Harmonic Series Music
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All tracks on New Music - Ancient Principles
recorded and mixed by Joshua Lederman
Music - Ancient Principles
Denny Genovese's Exotic Music Ensemble
This is the album recorded by the
Ensemble as the culmination of World Harmony Project's initial efforts to
investigate the musical properties of the Natural Harmonic Series.
instruments, capable of
being played in this tuning were built for the project.
Music in this album uses the Harmonic series 1-32 as
it's scale, and uses odd meter rhythms. In some cases, the harmony is
extended into the rhythmic realm by means of polyrhythmic structures.
All the music is composed either by Denny Genovese or other members of
the ensemble, and much of it is based on impressions of musical
traditions from around the world.
Based on an African theme, this piece features
close vocal harmony in Harmonic Series intervals. The meter is 18
beats per unit.
The title alludes to the 13 beat meter and the
pseudo waltz feeling of the groupings of beats in patterns of
3+3+3+4. The melody illustrates some of the unusual interval choices
possible in this scale.
Denny Genovese (Xylophone), Keton (Bass Marimba),
Wade Hines (Kosmolyre), Josh Lederman (fretless bass), Bob Neufeld
(hammerstrings), Dawn Delo (bells), Karen Boon von Ochssee
Sun and Rain by Denny Genovese
This song is inspired by Caribbean traditions and
honors the elements in Nature.
Gypsy Dance by Denny Genovese
Based on impressions of Middle Eastern Dance
Denny Genovese (fife), Bob Neufeld (fretless
bass), Keton (dumbec), Wade Hines (tabla), Josh Lederman
(percussion), Dawn Delo (percussion), Karen Boon von Ochssee
Sun and Sand by Bob Neufeld,
Keton, Wade Hines, Josh Lederman and Denny Genovese
On a middle Eastern theme, this piece highlights
the high and mid ranges of the Hammerstrings, with hand drums and
08 Five in
Five by Denny Genovese
The primary meter is 5 beats, with episodes of 5
over 2 and 5 over 3.
Cultures by Bob Neufeld
(fretless bass), Keton (dumbec), Wade Hines (Kosmolyre), Josh Lederman
(xylophones), Dawn Delo (percussion), Karen Boon von Ochssee (zills) and Denny Genovese
(One holed Fipple Pipe).
An ancient Greek scale (combined harmonics 1-8 of
two series, one on 1/1 and the other on 12/11) and an Egyptian rhythm
form the basis for a series of solos for each instrument.
Gamelan by Denny
Inspired by the music of Indonesia, Gamelan is
characterized by alternating tempo changes.
11 Allenius Equation
by Bryce Belcher
This is the most polyrhythmic piece on the album.
It was inspired by blinking lights in the harbor at Cedar Key, Florida
Keton (Bass Marimba), Bob Neufeld (bells and
Chimes), Wade Hines (Hammerstrings and Electronic effects), Josh
Lederman (percussion), Dawn Delo (percussion), Karen Boon von Ochssee
(percussion), Denny Genovese (xylophone)
Harmonic Series music using Brazilian Samba
Forth and Back
(c) 1987 by Denny Genovese
1 Going In
This electronic piece uses the Natural Harmonic Series as it's scale
(harmonics 1-32). It was originally conceived as background music for
massage or meditation. The title alludes to the form.
Music in the Harmonic Series and Just Intonation
by Ralph David Hill (c)
Hill, who has been associated with World Harmony Project from the
beginning, is a pioneer in Harmonic Series music and Extended Just
Intonation. He developed his own software and hardware with which to
compose and produce this music, starting in the 1970's, including
sound and voice analysis and synthesis.
-Darreg Prelude in D Major
-Chord Progression on the
-The Artistic Cat
-Dufay L' Homme Arme Song
-Brief 11 Ratio Composition
-The Second Swan
articles on Harmonic Series Music and Just Intonation by
Ralph David Hill and hear more of
his music on his World Harmony Project webpage.
(c) 1991 by Denny Genovese
This music accompanies Denny Genovese's New College thesis,
The Natural Harmonic Series as a practical
approach to Just Intonation. It is intended to illustrate
the concepts discussed in the thesis. While this album was
electronically produced, some of the compositions were later performed
by the Exotic Music Ensemble with Acoustic instruments.
The title alludes to the 13 beat meter and the pseudo waltz
feeling of the groupings of beats in patterns of 3+3+3+4.
The melody illustrates some of the unusual interval choices
possible in the harmonic series 1-32 scale.
04 Complex voice
Each instrument plays in a different meter, but the 1st
beat of each coincides with the 1st beat of all others.
06 Passacaglia an orchestral piece using additive and
simultaneous polyrhythms, based upon a resolution of
the harmonic series chords: 14/18/22- 15/18/21- 16/20.
In contrast to 05 above, each voice has beats of the same
duration, but different numbers of beats per measure. Thus
the measures wrap around in changing relation to each other.
08 Polyrythmic drum solo each drum is played in different
changing meters, with independently changing subdivisions
09 Harmonic Time Structure here, the Harmonic series is
used as both a basis for pitch and for rhythm. The lowest
pitch is played on every beat, the 2nd harmonic is played on
every 2nd beat, the 3rd harmonic on every 3rd beat, etc....
up to the 16th harmonic which is played every 16th beat.
This serves as accompaniment for a sine wave melody.
Chris Vaisvil is a prolific contemporary microtonal composer
who works with many different tuning systems and compositional
methods. The following pieces in the Natural Harmonic Series tuning
are selected from a vast amount of music in various tunings available
Harmonics 24 Through 48 Inclusive is a Just Intonation piano
improvisation built off of using harmonics 24 through 48 as an
equivalent to 24 et. I found the tuning to be really malleable and
intuitive. More tunings along these lines needs to be explored! (The
tuning is based on a variety of ideas from Denny Genovese.
What Are You Looking For?
This is a piece uses sequenced samples in various harmonic series
segments that tries to evoke a sense of the tragedy of post modern
contemporary temporal musical displacement within a larger structure
of the implication of instantaneous quantum entanglement with spooky
action at a distance as informed by Schoenberg’s theory of tonal
harmonic regions taken to the obvious xenharmonic conclusion as a
partial differential solution to the problem of American political
polarization. Please use ears. The tuning is a
24 note harmonic series segment suggested by Denny Genovese for
the piano and the Kontakt provided over / undertone series tuning
preset for the choir. The short length was a result that requirement
the submission was that it was to be less than or equal to 60 seconds
long. Note that this was a microtonal piece that made its way into a
conventionally tuned 12 equal set.
Dreaming of the River in the Woods is an unedited keyboard
improvisation using the
Soniccoulture psaltry with their harmonic series segment 16 – 32
tuning. Here is the
98 Harmonics Skip 5 is a piano solo using pianoteq and
this scala file to play in a harmonic series segment tuning. The
tuning is NOT normalized to an octave. It is the raw harmonic series.
The full quality video can be downloaded from this folder
God Wields the Higgs Boson is a harmonic spectral piece
constrained to a wide harmonic series starting on D1 (36.8 Hz).
Additional Microtonal Music
hosted by Chris Vaisvil can be found
(c) 1993 by Jules Siegel
Jules Siegel composed this work in the early 1990's. It is conceived as orchestral music, though it was
realized electronically, using score entry software that he wrote himself. The
scale is Mode 16-32 of the Harmonic Series, repeated in each octave. Each degree of the scale functions as a base for a key
change, as well.
Jules Siegel's page on this site to access his writings on tuning and composition.