Announcing UnTwelve's Camp Offering 2019:
Xenharmonic Workshop and Showcase
What: Compose, rehearse, and then present and record new compositions in relatively unexplored tuning systems.
What Else? Discuss xen-micro-theory and aesthetics; build instruments; play at and practice microtonal ear-training and singing; listen to music and talk about it. Eat food, cook food, have good times. Un-wind and de-stress in a natural, soul-healing setting.
When? August 4 - August 13. A breezy whirlwind week of rehearsal, followed by an exciting mini-tour of Appalachia.
Where? Dr. Patch Adams' Gesundheit Institute in Hillsboro, West Virginia
All self-described musicians with an interest in alternative tuning systems are encouraged to attend, from curious beginners to seasoned veterans.
- We are assembling a roster of star performers, to be selected for their combined skills in tuning-conscious praxis, jargon-free theory, and willingness to work with composers from a variety of backgrounds and levels of aptitude.
- Composers are invited to apply with existing portfolios (no microtonal works but a willingness to try is ok!). If invited to compose, composers may either have their score rehearsed, performed, and recorded remotely, or attend the event to supervise their work’s preparation and recording and network with xenharmonic musicians.
- Open-minded musicians with only curiosity and no experience outside of 12-tone equal will be considered! If this is you, expect to receive mentorship, exercises, and listening assignments from us to help you get ready for camp!
What tunings? "The tuning of the year is 31-EDO." Not a strict rule, but we're looking to amass resources and instruments for one shared tuning system for efficiency's sake, and we have chosen 31 equal divisions of the octave, aka 31 tone equal temperament. UnTwelve does not endorse a single notation system or practice.
Accommodations: Gesundheit features comfortable dormitory rooms, yurts, and tenting/camping areas. More details here.
How do I sign up? You'll need to fill out an interest form.
Did you say recording? Yes! More details on the recordings page.
How much does it cost? The estimated price (including tuition, room & board, and materials for 11 days) is $1100. We will consider work-study arrangements for certain volunteer tasks and merit-based scholarships for performers who demonstrate skill in this type of music.
I only go to these things to keep up with the Joneses. Which Joneses are attending this year?
Well, since you asked, here are some folks who have committed so far:
- Jacob A. Barton, director of curriculum, junk winds generalist
- Thomas Scheurich, human interface designer, seasoned xenharmonic composer & cellist
- David Samas, composer, conceptual artist, instrument inventor, curator, poet, painter, shaman, permacultualist, GRAMMY winning vocalist
- Elizabeth A. Baker, New Renaissance Artist
- Christopher Bailey, composer, organizer, keyboardist, tech-knowledge-ist
- Stephen Weigel, songster, memester, podcaster
- Ariel Fiekowsky, ensembles director, volunteer coordinator, cellist, xenharmonic newbie
- Elynor Freyss, guitarist, aesthete, cinematographer
- Daniel Sedgwick, recording engineer, chamber music coach, thunder tube
Keywords: microtonal, xenhamonic, ekmelic, eleutherotonal, neoteric, polymicrotonal, xenrhythmic, tricesimoprimal, just intonation, JI, equal temperaments, 12edo, untwelve, detwelvulated, free-pitch, historical tunings, non-Western tunings, alternative tunings, theory, practice, praxis, DIY, pedagogy