Stefaan Himpe - We won, Didn't We?

Notes:

A pretty accessible tonal cinematic piece, executed by a Dave Smith Instruments Rev2 hardware synthesizer, using a single patch "Ensembull". Conceived at the keyboard, by making a paper and pencil score first, then playing it live on the synth. The piece starts with a victory march. 10-EDO simultaneously captures both the heroism and the agony the soldiers must feel. The middle part is an elegy for the victims. Again 10-EDO brilliantly underlines the pain and sorrow the soldiers experience in more quiet moments. At the end the victory march returns.

Tuning information:

I didn't use scala. I wrote a program to tune my synth to 10-EDO with midi note 69 = 440hz 52: 103.488 Hz 69: 440.000 Hz 53: 113.143 Hz 70: 479.111 Hz 54: 123.200 Hz 71: 517.440 Hz 55: 133.056 Hz 72: 570.370 Hz 56: 144.883 Hz 73: 616.000 Hz 57: 158.400 Hz 74: 679.012 Hz 58: 172.480 Hz 75: 733.333 Hz 59: 186.278 Hz 76: 798.519 Hz 60: 205.333 Hz 77: 873.016 Hz 61: 221.760 Hz 78: 950.617 Hz 62: 244.444 Hz 79: 1026.667 Hz 63: 264.000 Hz 80: 1117.926 Hz 64: 287.467 Hz 81: 1222.222 Hz 65: 314.286 Hz 82: 1330.864 Hz 66: 342.222 Hz 83: 1437.333 Hz 67: 369.600 Hz 84: 1584.362 Hz 68: 402.453 Hz 85: 1700.900 Hz For the sake of transparency: the frequencies of midi notes in the range [60, 73] perfectly match those of a Bohlen-Pierce scale tuned to 60 = 440Hz. The frequencies outside that range are close to those of Bohlen-Pierce. In fact the piece can be played just as well in a Bohlen-Pierce scale, the small deviations are caused by a particularity (some might call it a bug :) ) of the program that generated them.

Composer bio:

I'm an electro-technical engineer by education, mostly active in software development. I've been writing traditional music for many years as a hobby (mostly for choir and piano+other instruments). I've only recently wet my feet in microtonal composition. This is my third piece using microtonality, the first of which is written in 10-EDO. The previous ones used 24-EDO and Bohlen-Pierce.