On Tuning

October 1st, 2018


An exploration for Sound American


I'm very pleased to have contributed a new essay On Tuning to the current issue of Sound American - appropriately the Just Intonation Issue - about my relationship to tuning, and the ways in which I currently think about it.

Expanding now my use of Just Intonation beyond tuning in the sonic realm the ratios can be explored in their purely physical manifestations. Time itself can become the definitive tuning experience. Considering that sound is itself physical, jumping to objecthood means ratio can be delineated abstractly and time can reveal tuning as a concrete conception. The direct relationship of line, space, color, word, tone, vibration, or light outline ratio in a confluence of medium and intention.

Read the full article here

And click through all of issue 20 to read further thoughts from David B. Doty, Nate Wooley, Larry Polansky, Josh Modney, and more.