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On this episode of Now&Xen, we talk with electronic guru Isaac Schankler about his relationship with microtonality as a composer, reasons to use just intonation or equal temperament, and creative ways to re-tune instruments during performance to mess with expectation. His piece “Alien Warp Etude,” performed by Aaron Kallay, creatively chunks out the 5 + 7 nature of the keyboard with scales a neutral third apart from each other. Be sure to check out the recent album he put out in March to help with the coronavirus, “Songs To Wash Your Hands To!”

 

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Intro: Alien Warp Etude - Isaac Schankler

Rad - Enno Pope

Prologue - Gérard Grisey

Fugitive Objects - Kyle Gann

The Source - Ted Hearne

Ja ṛêvzur (The Moonflower) - Herman Miller

Wash Your Hands - Stephen Weigel

Mystery Curve - An Exciting Event

Microscopic Germs - An Exciting Event/Xenharmonic Praxis

Light and Power (Act II, Scene 4) - Isaac Schankler

Outro: Because Patterns/Deep State - Isaac Schankler

 

Check out Isaac’s compilation album “Songs to Wash Your Hands To,” and his music!

https://isaacschankler.bandcamp.com/album/songs-to-wash-your-hands-to

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6p42MdIzaIRwgneYbTxiy2?si=z6d0aRe3S2-W4wvoyDBGTQ

 

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