With microtonal music the sound of intervals and chords can be more or less dissonant or alien-sounding. Partly this is due to us being used to hearning acoustic music in 12-TET, with timbres that almost without exception share the same harmonic series. The acronym stands for twelve tone equal temperament, where each octave is divided into twelve equal steps. The temperament has has dominated western music for the last hundred years or so. Before that all music was in practice tempered some way, to make chords and intervals more consonant for any given peformance.
Let’s venture deeper into the territory though, and look at the effect the harmonic series has on different tunings and scales. We shall construct a completely novel harmonic series based on the golden ratio instead of the usual integral series. We will also adapt our tuning so that the new timbre can be played consonantly. It will sound like this:
After nearly 20 years, I found I started making music as Summamutikka again. Here is the first release, a few no-nonsense 90s style goa trance tracks. 100% of the profts go to support Survival International and their work towards indigenous communities around the world.
In this tutorial, we will learn how to calculate semitone values for the individual partials in the harmonic series, and create a filter effect based on this, as well as modify this effect so that we can remove partials at will from sounds.
The tutorial assumes knowledge of Bitwig’s basic functionality.
Originally this was just an experiment that got a bit out of hand, but eventually I found the instrument to be so useful to me that I went through the considerable trouble of cleaning it up for release.
This will be a tutorial on a way to create generative music on Bitwig.
It will sound like this:
Everything here is written from the point of view of version 2.5 and upwards. Later versions might have different tools with what to expand of this considerably (The Grid in V3, etc). There’s a link to the completed project at the end of the post.
I have some new music I wrote as Summamutikka that I tried out already at Kosmos and Lost in Summertime earlier this year, cool to see how they work out this time :) I haven’t been terribly active writing trance, as I’ve been writing an album of more slow, organic music under a new project name. Anyway, I have all the classics coming up, and possibly a few small new bits.
Oh, and 8.12. is “The day of Finnish music” officially in Finland. So, what could be a more suitable day?-)