Originally posted by jaywill
I visited two of the sites. The first I didn't like. I am tired of funky beats.
The invented instrument was interesting. Ever hear of Harry Parch ? The composer who made all of his own instruments ? Maybe that's too old for you. I don't know.
I am presently reading [b] "What to Listen For in Music" by Aaron Copland.[/b]
Harry Partch actually. The Parch spelling was attributed to Philip K Dick, the sci fi author who wrote a book based on Partch. He worked up a 43 note octave instrument and many others. Our chromatic scale is based on the 12th root of 2, a number used as a multiplier when you make fretboards and such, in that system there are 12 notes per octave. He thought, what if you used other numbers like the 13th root of 2 or the 18th root of 2. That last one is interesting, 18 notes per octave so there can be specific chords not available in our regular 12 note scale. His weirdest one was based on the 43rd root of 2, making 43 notes per octave, it would be almost impossible to to on a guitar but with individual strings not quite so daunting. He made whole orchestras using his own instruments:
Here is a history of his life, 1901 to 1974:
Here is a bit of his composition Delusion of the Fury, 1966: