I’ve recently been invited to compose a piece for the first symposium on the Bohlen-Pierce scale, which takes place in Boston a month from now. This will be very challenging personally since I’ve never composed using this tuning. I’ve decided, after a little encouragement, to blog about my progress.
I’m doing the piece with Csound, which should come as no surprise. Minus a few scribbled notes in my journal, I have no idea what I’m going to do or where I expect this piece will sound like a month from today. Since time is of essence, I’ve started putting some code into a text file, and have come up with this csd: bp_day_1.csd.
At this point, it produces a series of random just intonation Bohlen-Pierce notes, which are fed to a monophonic FM portamento synth, and processed with a delay and a reverb unit. A humble beginning for sure.