Introduction to Microtonal Music in Theory & Practise

Date/Time: Sat, 20 November 2021, 10:00 – 17:30 GMT

Description: What is pitch and what does it sound like? We will learn about, listen to, discuss and play microtonal music. We will go through the basics of pitch, an overview of different microtonal structures in Western music and other musical cultures, and dive deeper into one temperament in particular: 53edo. The workshop will be part lecture with plenty of musical examples, and part practical exploration with musicking in microtonal universes. The day will end with a performance on a new digital musical instrument built for 53edo: the neod

Requirements: Having some music theory and/or practice background is not required, but will help. Participants need to bring a laptop to use as a microtonal instrument (bring a small speaker if your laptop speakers don’t work). Other musical instruments with microtonal capabilities are also welcome in the practical parts of the workshop.

Biography: Erik Natanael is a coder/musician/artist/composer based in Stockholm, Sweden. As a research engineer in software art at the Royal Institute of Technology he has produced public visual and sound based artworks related to software and its inner workings. Erik has built several digital musical instruments, among them the neod, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Composition from the University of Gothenburg and a Master of Arts in Art and Technology from the University of Limerick.