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Elaine Walker: Bohlen-Pierce Scale, Goethe Institute Lecture

TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2010 @ the Goethe Institute, Boston
I give an overview of my work with the Bohlen-Pierce scale over the years (a macrotonal musical tuning system based on a 3/1 frame (three times the frequency, called a "tritave", as opposed to the 2/1 "octave") divided by 13 equal steps), starting with how Dr. Richard Boulanger introduced me to the tuning and how it turned out I was a fan of John R. Pierce all along, to my research at NYU during my Masters studies when I got to know Heinz Bohlen. Then I will talk about what I am working on now, with the hexagonal keyboard layout I developed, outlining chord progressions and fingerings on the keyboard, and composing new music.

Supporting audio files: http://bohlen-pierce-conference.org/schedule/walker-conti...

About the symposium: There has been enough interest lately in the Bohlen-Pierce Scale that an entire symposium was organized in Boston. It included the support of three major music educational institutions: Berklee College of Music, the Goethe Institute, and New England Conservatory. Heinz Bohlen and Max Mathews skyped in at various times. It included three full days of talks and three full nights of music.

This symposium was very overwhelming for me, thinking I was among just a handful of interested BP fans. There were at least 40 people actively involved in this event and many more in the audience!

See also:
http://bohlen-pierce-conference.org/schedule/
http://bohlen-pierce-conference.org/concert-1/
TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2010 @ the Goethe Institute, Boston
I give an overview of my work with the Bohlen-Pierce scale over the years (a macrotonal musical tuning system based on a 3/1 frame (three times the frequency, called a "tritave", as o...
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