“The latest from the ever-prolific synthesist and experimentalist Pulse Emitter is a formalist exercise in pushing into the unknown galaxy of microtonality—essentially meaning that it consists of intervals and scales not traditionally explored in Western music. This is interesting to us the layperson listeners not because its conceptually groundbreaking, but because great art is often made under rigorous methodologies. And truly this is one of Pulse Emitter’s most wonderful and strange works in a catalog full of them, a collection of landscapes as colorful and alien as anything the ProcGen big bangs in No Man’s Sky have been able to dream out of raw data. It’s a whole new world, crafted with a hand tied behind its creator’s back.” – Noisey / Vice
released October 3, 2018
All of these compositions use tunings other than the common twelve-tone equal temperament (12-TET). The tunings for each piece are as follows:
7-TET - track 7
10-TET - track 2
14-TET - track 4
19-TET - tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10
31-TET - track 9
This music is 100% electronic, made mostly with software synthesizers.
Pulse Emitter is Daryl Groetsch, in Portland, Oregon.
Cover art by Tiny Little Hammers tinylittlehammers.com
CD layout by Joe Bastardo
Released on the Expansive label.
Xenharmonic Passages is the outcome of Pulse Emitter’s explorations in microtonalism, specifically various equal temperaments. Experimenting with these tunings the artist found new emotions and colors to work with. These pieces pair a minimalist, ambient style with the creation of alien insect-scapes to complement the otherworldly atmospheres of the microtonal melodies. Each of Xenharmonic Passages’ ten tracks are themselves passageways to other places, real and imaginary. Get ready to relax and be transported with tones from another plane.