On this page I present my microtonal works and appearances in reversed chronological order. It functions pretty much like a playlist, scroll down and listen to the music of your choice!
Sunshine and Shade (Todd Harrop, 2020), for solo electric guitar, was written in Gary Morrison’s 88-cent scale on a 41tone instrument, viz. every third fret of the 82-fret Lucid Movinguitar. Since the scale neatly divides the perfect fifth into 8 equal steps my next incentive came from Iacobus de Ispania (d. after 1330), who is reported to have classified the 9/4 major ninth as a concord, and I composed as if using a scale of 16 chromatic steps per doubly-augmented octave. In each of the two movements only nine pitch classes are used, such that key transpositions at the perfect fifth would be most harmonically distant and transpositions at the diminished fifth would be least distant, in contrast to our conventional diatonic scale system. Dedicated to Victoria Harrop.
Beyond the Horizon (Bohlen-Pierce Clarinet Project group, 2020). The new GENUIN CD offers fascinating acoustic experiments with compositions based on the tonal system of the Bohlen-Pierce scale. This system uses a twelfth instead of an octave and is divided into thirteen tonal steps, taking the listener into magical-archaic tonal worlds that transcend all listening habits. I contributed 41-tone guitar on three tracks. Here’s a sample from Maelstrom by Todd Harrop, from the Genuin-website where you can purchase this album. Also available on Spotify.
No Strings Attached (2017, revision 2018) for MIDI-guitar controlled Fokker organ. Played at the Laboratonium 3 concert at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ on May 13, 2018. Recorded by Sabrina ter Horst for the www.concertzender.nl
Ambient Harmonic Series Loop (2018) for 41-tone guitar, looper and effects. Recorded at home on March 21, 2018.
The Meantone Blues (2015/2017) for voice, meantone guitar and Fokker organ. Played at the MICRO|IMPRO concert at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ November 26, 2017.
No Strings Attached (2017) for MIDI-guitar controlled Fokker organ. Played at the MICRO|IMPRO concert at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ on November 26, 2017. Recorded by Sabrina ter Horst for the www.concertzender.nl
Red House (Jimi Hendrix, 1966) arranged for meantone organ and meantone guitar and performed live at the MeantoneBlues concert at the Grote Kerk Oosthuizen on July 5, 2015 together with Guus Janssen.
Jamming the MeantoneBlues (2015) for meantone guitar and looper. Recorded as a teaser for the MeantoneBlues concert in the Grote Kerk Oosthuizen in June, 2015.
Nuages (Django Reinhardt, 1940) arranged for 31-tone guitar and performed live at the MicroBlues concert at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ on September 28, 2014.
BP (Blues Piece) (2014) improvisation using the Bohlen-Pierce scale on the 41-tone guitar. Recorded at home in March 2014.
Fretless Improv with Neil Haverstick (2013) for 2 fretless guitars in harmonic series tuning. Recorded live at the EUROMicroFest in Freiburg (Germany) in May 2013.
gɹkʰ (2013) for fretless guitar and prepared snare drum. Two sets, recorded live at the EUROMicroFest in Cologne (Germany) in February 2013. Together with Etienne Nillesen.
Slowburner (Jos Heutmekers, 2011) for fretless guitar and big band.
The Solo’s (2006/2008) recorded as a member of Carlo Nardozza’s Quintet. Straight ahead 12-et jazz!
My Romance (2006) arranged for 12-et/just intonation guitar. Recorded as a member of Carlo Nardozza’s Quintet.
Rubber Duck (2006) recorded as a member of Carlo Nardozza’s Quintet.