I’m glad to announce that I will be joining the Bohlen-Pierce Clarinet Project for a concert on sunday February 15, 2015 in Hamburg, Germany.
The Bohlen-Pierce scale uses the twelfth (octave plus fifth) as its harmonic frame, dividing it into 13 steps, according to various mathematical considerations. The result is an alternative harmonic system that opens new possibilities to contemporary and futuristic music.
The 41-tone system is a very good match to the BP scale as its perfect twelfth (spanning 65 steps) is also divisible by 13: a single BP step equals 5 frets on this guitar. It even provides ‘microtonal inflections’ from the strict BP pitches by shifting one or two frets up/down.
The following text is from their Facebookpage.
Here comes the Bohlen-Pierce Clarinet Project with quite a bunch of brandnew works! The BP family keeps growing, and we are proud to present an ensemble of nine BP musicians, including three BP clarinets.
Nora-Louisa Müller, Akos Hoffmann and Carola Schaal – BP clarinets
Andrej Koroliov – BP keys
Melle Weijters – 41-tone guitar
Manfred Stahnke – BP/JI viola
Yu-Ching Chao – BP alto recorder
Lin Chen – BP kalimba
Tair Turganov – double bass.
Todd Harrop, Benjamin Helmer, Georg Hajdu, Mandfred Stahnke, Goran Lazarevic, Nora-Louisa Müller, Akos Hoffmann
New to this scale? Read the Very Short Introduction to the Bohlen-Pierce Clarinet below!