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Prent Rodgers
Microtonal Music by Prent Rodgers. Made with Csound.
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17 songs
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Ernie's Shuffle on Ten #11
The title comes from the set of Ernie Ball Super Slinky guitar strings that I sampled on a bench and use in the song. Also appearing are Finger Piano, Oboes, French Horns, Bassoons, Balloon Drums, and Tube Drums. The tuning is n/10 ratios.
Balloon Drum Music
Scored for Balloon Drums, Oboe, Flutes, Guitar, and Finger Piano. The piece starts out with a simple conventional sounding 12 tone equal chord progession. But they are not at all what they seem.
For the Downwinders
This is a piece for flute, clarinet, finger piano, guitar, and percussion. It's based on the 10:11:12:13:14:16:18:20 septany.
Subduction Zone
Subduction Zone is a piece for Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Guitar, Marimba, Finger Piano, and percussion. It is based on four chords in the Partch Tonality Diamond: F 4/3 minor; A 8/5 major; C 1/1 major; and A 5/3 minor.
Candland Mountain
Piece for Woodwind Quintet in E 6/5 subminor and E 16/13 major, with a few stray C 1/1 major, G 3/2 subminor, A 8/5 major, and B 24/13 subminor.
I am a composer of music using Microtonal intonation systems, including the Harry Partch Tonality Diamond. These systems draw on Just Intonation, which is different from the normal 12-tone equal temperment that western music has been based on for the last 300+ years. Some of the tuning may sound "off" to modern ears, but if you listen, you will hear sounds that are unique in the world, with a whole world between the 1:1 and the 2:1 octave. The music is created using the tool Csound, which is a publicly available, freely distributed digital signal processing tool with the ability to specify exact tone, timbre, and other characteristics of individual tones with greater specificity than the MIDI standard. All the pieces on this site are built using sample-based instruments from the McGill University Master Sample Library.
Band/artist history
Artist History Musician Seduced into Capitalism. I Built microtonal musical instruments from found and industrial objects in graduate school at U.C.S.D. in the 70's. Then went back to school for an MBA and have been selling mainframe computers for IBM for the past 25 years. $1.9k/MIPS and falling. I write music on my Thinkpad on business trips, nights, and weekends.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
All music is generated on my laptop and saved to CD or MP3 files.
Your musical influences
Harry Partch, Tom Nunn, Jonathan Glasier, Charles Ives, Philip Glass, KRT Wasitodiningrat, Burt Turetzky
What equipment do you use?
IBM Thinkpad A30p
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