Beyond the Semitone

“Beyond the Semitone”: a Symposium on Tuning, Scale Systems, and Microtonality in Historical and Contemporary Contexts
24—27 October, 2013
University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Registration is now open for the conference (follow links on the website), and the programme is available.

The conference will bring together scholars, composers, and performers from many countries to explore microtonality, tuning and temperament, chromaticism, and related topics in contemporary and historical contexts.

Invited performers include Al Kindi, Scottish Voices, the Edinburgh Quartet, Combassal, duo Contour, and Alex Smith. Concerts, lecture-recitals, and composition workshops will span music from late-16th-Century Italian experimental composers, Arabic music, new contemporary works, and the premiere of two string quartets by composers Christopher Fox and Geoff Palmer.

Conference papers will cover a range of topics, such as the consideration of microtonality in the works of specific composers, the theoretical frameworks underlying the division of pitch space, interactions among theory, practice, and perception in the music of different cultures, and the practical implications of microtonality on musical instruments of various types.

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