On Tuning

On Tuning | October, 2018


On Tuning ruminates on the way my relationship to tuning and Just Intonation has evolved over time, and explores how I am now working with these core concepts of tuning and ratios beyond the sonic realm.

Read the full text at Sound American 20: The Just Intonation Issue

On Tuning | October, 2018


On Tuning ruminates on the way my relationship to tuning and Just Intonation has evolved over time, and explores how I am now working with these core concepts of tuning and ratios beyond the sonic realm.


While developing tuning systems of my own I became interested in the way that ratios, content, and time could come together as a tuning of the entire performance situation.

Durations within a work became tied to these same numbers. How many harmonics available for tuning became tied to these same numbers. The visual environment of the performance became tied to these same numbers. I observed confluences in these ratio relationships across mediums.

The impetus of the composition became inextricably linked to the expression of this total tuning system with time as the primary concern. A ratio in sound translated elegantly to a similar relationship in duration. With tuning of the pitches decided, the time of the composition becomes the next stage for ratio exploration. A work where the tuning is built exclusively from nines readily fills the time of 81 minutes.

With this sort of interrelated ecosystem, compositional concerns align to create powerful resonances often imperceptible to the listener regardless of time.


Read the full text at Sound American 20: The Just Intonation Issue