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From an assignment from Kurt Grossman, "A New Song" was once a new song. It was put together in chunks, one at a time. The piece began with a series of chord progressions in which the harmony changes once every measure. I then tried a multitude of melodies, settling on a repeating four-eighth-note rhythm. Later, a countermelody and a percussion track were added. This composition served as an experiment into the relationship between harmony and melody.





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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