Read up on what I've been up to...

About a year and a half ago, the first prototype of my microtonal musical instrument, the neod, reached playability. Since then, I have been exploring it and the 53edo system of pitch it is based on through new compositions, recorded music and live concerts. After a summer of recording and gigging, I will once again turn my focus towards realising the next neod, neod.2, so a sort of evaluation is in order.

When writing music in a microtonal system, one immediate concern is that of notation. Equal divisions of the octave can be written with just the step number (aka degree), often written degree backslash division, e.g. 9\53 for the 9th step of 53edo, or using the degree sign, e.g. 9°53.

Two years ago, 53 was only a number to me. Then I built myself a new friend that let me speak to Jing Fang, Newton and Bosanquet: the neod.

For several years I have been dreaming of alternatives to 12edo (edo = Equal Division of the Octave) temperaments that would allow for more harmonic expressivity as well as simply more in tune chords, as I've found the thirds on 12edo keyboard instruments to be really quite harsh, especially when us...

Do you feel trapped by the oppressive limitations of the 12-note chromatic scale? Do the thirds and fifths on your piano make you itch (let's not even talk about the sevenths)? Have you tried every chord on the piano and not found one you like? Then read on!