Sunday, July 29, 2012

Brendan Byrnes - Micropangaea (2012)

New sighting on the xenharmonic radar today...

Brendan Byrnes - Micropangaea (2012)

This is an amazing sounding record just out on the Spectropol Records label, from an extraordinarily talented composer that I was previously unaware of, and the web-design on the album release page is a true work of art.

Visit the composer's home page for more information:

Brendan Byrnes

Stellar work!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Music made with Ivor from voyager25

The biggest payoff for spending innumerable hours producing freeware microtonal VSTi, is eventually getting to hear the music made with them.

Check out the xenharmonic tracks, some of which apparently feature the new Ivor VSTi, from the extraordinarily talented voyager25 on their SoundCloud channel:

Nice work!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Split Notes | Sean Archibald - Sean but not Heard (2012)

Just in case Xen-Arts visitors missed it...

Back in June there was a new full length album release on Split Notes by microtonal music Netlabel owner, Sean Archibald, entitled Sean but not Heard.

Check out the ten tracks on this great Xen-Bass record here:

I was lucky to get to hear this record as it evolved and the end result is amazing; a most highly recommended suite of xenharmonic tunes. Download or stream this music to appreciate the vast expressive possibilities of working with alternative intonation systems, from one of the most creative artists working in the field.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Other Time (2011) | Reloaded

It had been requested that some of the music previously available on Xen-Arts before the change of file-sharing services be re-uploaded, and in particular the Other Time EP. In preparation for doing this, it seemed a good opportunity to re-engineer the record as well. 

For those visitors who got to hear the original, this re-mastered version should promise a more detailed listening experience, and for those who are hearing it for the first time, it is hoped that you will enjoy the music as well.

Of potential interest to computer musicians and composers are some of the tools used for making this record:

Host: Reaper
Linplug: Albino, Alpha, MorphoX
Camel Audio: Alchemy
VAZ Synths: VAZ Modular 3
Big Tick: Rhino
Variety Of Sound: Density mkIII, ThrillseekerLA
Xen-Arts: Xenharmonic FMTS
One Small Clue: Poise
Scala: Microtunings for all instruments.
SynthEdit: Various proprietary, non-published, microtonal synthesis, samplers and effects plugins. 

Here is the link to the original album release announcement:

Download the album in the below formats:

FLAC (115 MB)

MP3 (39 MB)

ALAC (120 MB)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Video Art with Xen-FMTS

Here is an interesting video of exceptionally high quality, in which video artist and composer, Jeffrey Plaide, uses the Xenharmonic FMTS VSTi in the creation of the accompanying soundtrack.

See more of this fascinating artist's work on their Harmonic Distortions YouTube channel, and this feature on the Triangulation Blog; a blog thematically focused on abstract, experimental and new media art.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Microtonality In Bass Music | Noisia

Noisia - Diplodocus (Kill The Noise Remix)

Note the microtonal string lead during the breakdown in the middle of the piece.

Fun track!