effluve ana moontense

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EFFLUVE ANA MOONTENSE—Music for retuned pianos and voice; a gateway into a sound world of unknown unknowns.

The global organization of music is almost complete. When it is complete, music itself will offer no new potentials (except when propped up by the potentials of other, less organized systems such as children).

The pursuit of Xenharmonic Music reverses this decay, recognizing the legitimacy of possibilities which were prematurely discarded and systematically hidden from musicians for the past few centuries.

Which old patterns must be resisted for truly new systems to emerge?

New technologies are slowly breaching the classic vicious cycle—"We need good music to justify building new instruments, but we need new instruments in order to compose good music"—but the significance of xenharmonics is still invisible.

Only acts of composition—meetings of whimsy and rigor—can make the invisible visible.

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released December 13, 2011

Jacob A. Barton, composer

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Metta Virginia Beach, Virginia

Jacob A. Barton (1985-) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist whose work focuses on microtonal practice and theory. In 2005 he accidentally co-invented the udderbot, a DIY slide woodwind instrument. He has organized numerous events, most recently the first Xenharmonic Praxis Summer Camp. He is currently working on new collaborations and mooching off his parents in Virginia Beach, Virginia. ... more

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Track Name: Fonala
Fonala was composed in 2007 to a text by Troy Suben, whom I had met at the School for Designing a Society in 2006.

Fonala holds a tension between intention and the letting glorious new sounds wash all over you.

The complete album download contains a PDF score of Fonala, as well as a "minus one" piano accompaniment track for sopranos to sing along to.