Exploration of Tuning Systems
In Western culture today, our music is, for the most part, confined to equal temperament, in which we have 12 fixed pitches to build harmony and melody. But what about our infinite potential of pitches, and the sonic experience of micro-intervals?
This series explores whether microtonality and just intonation have a place in mainstream consumption of music. Looking at the history of our tuning systems, notions of what really is 'in tune', and the sonic experience of pure intervals, we will discover how equal temperament can limit us, and how composers are breaking free from this convention.
Maddie Ashman is a London based multi-instrumentalist and composer. Recent interdisciplinary work has involved writing original music for two sell out shows at Edinburgh Fringe with Slipshod Theatre, feature films and exhibitions. Over the last year, Maddie has turned her focus to deeply exploring microtonality and just intonation, studying with renowned composer Michael Harrison. She aspires to bring overlooked tuning systems and their sound worlds into media composition.