by Monroe Golden

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Leaven is for guitar and marimba tuned a quarter-tone apart, but implicitly a harmonic tuning system. The underlying concept is a low fundamental that gradually ascends in pitch, so that each partial eventually aligns with an equal-tempered note. That alignment also determines pitch order. For this version, the guitar is tuned ¼ tone flat, which, with a standard marimba, produces the composite 24-note scale.


released February 3, 2017
Paul Bowman, guitar
Tucker Robison, virtual marimba, recording/mixing



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Monroe Golden New York, New York

Monroe Golden is a composer from rural Alabama whose works explore microtonal systems, described by critics as “delightfully disorienting,” “lovely, sumptuous, yet arcane,” and “irresistible music, full of wit and beauty.” There are two prior dedicated audio releases of his music: A Still Subtler Spirit (Living Artist Recordings, 2003), and Alabama Places (innova Recordings, 2007). ... more

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