The SEJIC was the first activity
of the World Harmony Project.
It's mission was to enhance the
development of musical expression, by means of the implementation of
Harmonic Series based Just Intonation, Polyrhythmic structures, and Timbral Tonality.
It began with a Music Studio,
directed by and containing the musical
and electronic) of WHP founder, Denny
These instruments were specially
designed to be played in the Extended Just Intonation
scale of 65
pitches per frequency duple (octave), developed by Denny Genovese
while writing his New College Thesis, The
natural Harmonic Series as a practical approach to Just Intonation .
The first part of the strategy
was to improvise with the new scale to learn it's musical
properties, then to compose music using these sounds, according to the
The second stage was to teach an
ensemble of musicians to play the new compositions with the new
instruments in the new tuning.
The third stage was to produce
performances of the ensemble, test for audience response, refine the
music and performance according to the feedback, and finally to record
the music and make it available to interested listeners.
The name of the
performing group was
Denny Genovese's Exotic Music Ensemble.
Four performances per year were
co-sponsored by the City of Gainesville, Florida's Dept. of Cultural
Affairs, in The Historic Thomas Center from 1992 to 1998.
The Album, produced on cassette
in 1994 and on CD in 1998 is called New
Music - Ancient Principles.
The SEJIC housed an Electronic
Music studio, as well. It included historic analog instruments and
tape recorders, as well as computer based digital composition,
synthesis and recording facilities.
Computers and software for
producing music in Just Intonation were provided on the PC, Mac,
Amiga, Atari-ST, Apple-II, Comadore-64 and TI-99 platforms.
In addition to the EME, the SEJIC
studio was made available to other musicians and composers who wished
to learn about or utilize the Natural Harmonic Series and Just Intonation.
Denny Genovese with Barbara Hero and Robert Faulkrod at the SEJIC
studio in 1997
Classes, Seminars, private
Lessons and Residencies were conducted there as well.
A sitar stringing workshop, attended by Ernie Crews, Pat Pagano,
Jonathan Fletcher and others.
Carl Lumma with the Kosmolyre that he built during
his SEJIC residency
Jeff Bunting playing his custom built Lambdoma
Controller for the ARP 2500 analog synthesizer
The SEJIC served as the focal
point of what evolved into the 1st World Harmony Center.
An additional set of instruments
for Harmonic Series Music were developed at the SEJIC by Jeff
Bunting during his residency in 1996.
An extensive Music Library and
archive of scores and recordings of music in Just Intonation was
maintained at the studio.
The SEJIC was directed by Denny
Genovese from 1992
It was directed by Pat
Pagano from 1998 to
L. to R.: Thierry Mingione, Darren Burgess, Pat Pagano, Bob Benchic
It was inactive from 2003 until
In 2007, it was revived under the
directorship of Joshua
Lederman, who created a series of radio programs around jam
sessions with various Gainesville, Florida musicians using
As of January 2012, everything is in storage, awaiting relocation to
Urbana, Illinois in the Spring of 2013.
SEJIC advisor, Peter Coraggio demonstrates the Arp 2500 Analog
Synthesizer to JI patriarch, Harry Partch in 1973. This instrument was
donated to the SEJIC by Don Slepian in 1992.