TONAL ANGULARITY
MUSICK THAT KILLS
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Tonal Angularity (or TA for short) in its most easily understood
conceptual sense is the COMMAND TO LOOK* applied within the construction
of the components which comprise a sound. This very precise refinement
and manipulation of the elements of sound have only become possible
(outside a sound lab) with the advent of synthesizers, and in particular
with the recent marketing of affordable midi digital synthesizers.
The Principle of Tonal Angularity is intimately tied to the LAW OF THE
TRAPEZOID:
"All obtuse angles are magically harmful to those unaware
of this property. The same angles are beneficial, stim-
ulating and energizing to those who are magically sensi-
tive to them."
The prime difference in the application of TA as opposed to other forms
of angularity is its method of transfer. Visual angularity is an
observable medium, while TA is abstract. The angles of TA are vibratory
in form and as such are dynamic in that they are in constant motion as
one encounters an area of their influence.
Other than mode of transmission, the underlieing mathematical scheme is
precisely the same for all angular forms whether they be visual, field
phenomena, or audio. All are dependent upon equivalent mathematical
ratios to pi-phi and other mathematical formula which won't be discussed
in this introductory treatise. TA is essentially geometric measurment
applied to the creation of frequency ratios between multiple sine waves.
Some of the elements which can be manipulated in TA would be PITCH, WAVE
FORM, HARMONIC STRUCTURE, HARMONIC RELATIONSHIPS, FREQUENCY MODULATION,
AMPLITUDE MODULATION, FREQUENCY RATIO (very important), the ENVELOPE and
finally, VOLUME.
Over the past two years OIT has created a number of musical compositions
based upon the TA concept. If you would like to personally participate in
experiments based upon these concepts leave the sysop some feedback
stating your desire for more information. If you would like to purchase a
cassette tape featuring two TA oriented compositions the price is $7.50
with all funds going directly into our research. Leave the sysop some
feedback to get the details.
*THE COMMAND TO LOOK by William Mortensen
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