[spectre] Podcast series: PROBES, curated by Chris Cutler

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Fri Dec 28 11:14:19 CET 2012

*Podcast series: PROBES,** curated by Chris Cutler *

In the late nineteenth century two facts conspired to change the face of
music: the collapse of common practice tonality (which overturned the
certainties underpinning the world of Art music), and the invention of a
revolutionary new form of memory, sound recording (which redefined and
greatly empowered the world of popular music). A tidal wave of probes and
experiments into new musical resources and new organisational practices
ploughed through both disciplines, bringing parts of each onto shared
terrain before rolling on to underpin a new aesthetics able to follow sound
and its manipulations beyond the narrow confines of ‘music’. This series
tries analytically to trace and explain these developments, and to show
how, and why, both musical and post-musical genres take the forms they do.

This first programme sets the scene and investigates early reconsiderations
of pitch: probes that postulate new scales to be constructed through the
ever-greater subdivision of the inherited intervals of equal temperament.

Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes1_chris_cutler_/capsula

*PROBES #1.2*
In this music selection we look further at microtonal divisons based on
equal temperament.

Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes1-2_chris_cutler_/capsula

This second programme continues to explore probes into pitch, examining
alternative tuning systems based on the naturally occurring harmonic
series, opening up a potentially infinite series of customised Just
Intonation scales.

Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/curatorial/probes2_chris_cutler_/capsula

Complete series: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/probes_tag
Episode #2.1 coming soon!
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