new album: effluve ana moontense

EFFLUVE ANA MOONTENSE—Music for retuned pianos and voice; a gateway into a sound world of unknown unknowns.

The global organization of music is almost complete. When it is complete, music itself will offer no new potentials (except when propped up by the potentials of other, less organized systems such as children).

The pursuit of Xenharmonic Music reverses this decay, recognizing the legitimacy of possibilities which were prematurely discarded and systematically hidden from musicians for the past few centuries.

Which old patterns must be resisted for truly new systems to emerge?

New technologies are slowly breaching the classic vicious cycle—”We need good music to justify building new instruments, but we need new instruments in order to compose good music”—but the significance of xenharmonics is still invisible.

Only acts of composition—meetings of whimsy and rigor—can make the invisible visible.

released 13 December 2011

Oddmusic-UC winter of pre-natal post-mortem

Two and a half years ago, Andrew Heathwaite and I were approached by Danielle Chynoweth of the UC-IMC. The IMC had office space available; Danielle took it as an opportunity to remind me that I wanted to start a musical instrument library. This desire combined with Andrew’s ideas about xenharmonic education, and Oddmusic Urbana-Champaign was born.

Two and a half years later, one can say that Oddmusic is still primarily driven by my and Andrew’s visions (delusions?), although by now countless others have been enthusiastically involved in a variety of ways. We are taking this winter to reflect on our activities so far, perhaps going as far as to distill them into media, designs, wisdom. Be on the lookout for these.

Oh, and we are raising funds for our continued operation and future projects!!!