Quarter Tone Partitas (2019)

by Frank Rothkamm

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Catalog No: FLX158 (LN520)
Title: Quarter Tone Partitas
Sound Artist: Frank Rothkamm
Visual Artist: Holger Rothkamm
Label: rothkamm.com
Length: 33:33 (2013s)
Composed: 2019
Location: Los Angeles
Instruments: Yamaha TG300
Release Date: 07/11/2019
Format: Digital
Tags: Yamaha TG300
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The Western tuning system divides the octave into 12 equal steps. The smallest step is called the half-tone. On the piano keyboard the smallest interval between keys is this half-tone. What if we take an electronic keyboard - whose sound color has more inharmonic, or bell-like overtones than a piano - and tune this a quarter tone higher than an identical keyboard. The smallest distance between notes would then be a quarter tone, half of a half tone. We have 2 “bell-ish” sounding electronic keyboards, tuned a quarter tone apart. The 10 partitas on this album which add up to 33 minutes and 33 seconds, were all recorded with this micro-tonal system.

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released July 11, 2019

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