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Sound to Scale to Sound, a Setup for Microtonal Exploration and Composition

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  • Olmo Cornelis
  • Joren Six
This paper elaborates on a setup for microtonal exploration,
experimentation and composition. Where the initial
design of the software Tarsos aimed for the scale analysis
of ethnic music recordings, it turned out to deliver
a flexible platform for pitch exploration of any kind of
music. Scales from ethnic music, but also theoretically
designed scales and scales from musical practice, can be
analyzed in great detail and can be adapted by a flexible
interface with auditory feedback. The output, the scales,
are written into the standardized Scala format, and can be
used in a MIDI-to-WAV converter that renders a MIDI file
into audio tuned using the scale. This setup creates an environment
for tone scale exploration that can be used for
microtonal composition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2012 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2012)
Number of pages4
Publication date8-Sep-2012
StatePublished - 8-Sep-2012

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