Projects

 PT = Pythagorean Tuning
ET = Equal Temperament

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Project #1 Live Performance (2012)
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What does the Study involve?

A Survey of audience members at a live performance using both PT and ET over various genres.

Why this study?

To discern whether the two tuning systems  were noticeable in a live performance setting.

Anticipated Outcomes

Initial observations of the data suggest that the different tuning systems were not identifiable to audience members.

Next Steps

Explore what is experienced in two samples using the same music and PT being used over a longer time period.

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Project #2 Producer Project (2013-2015)
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What does the Study involve?

Inviting 30 Producers to participate in the study by creating one contemporary track in PT. This will form the creative work.

Why this study?

To test some of the observations that I have experienced when being immersed in PT in a recording setting with skilled sound engineers.

Anticipated Outcomes

Observations are anticipated to vary considerably across the test group. It is anticipated that Producers will enjoy the explorative experience using PT.

Next Steps

Based on the findings of this study, next steps will be to explore whether people listening to the recorded works experience similarities to what has been identified by the creators.

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Project #3 Inherent Tuning (2016)
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What does the Study involve?

Sampling a small group of individuals singing a C Major scale daily for 30 days to identify whether there are trends in their tuning preferences towards ET, PT or other frequencies.

Why this study?

The study builds on an avenue of exploration that was tested by the researcher, where a number of trends emerged around preferences on individual frequencies rather than ET or PT as a complete tuning system.

Anticipated Outcomes

That trends will emerge at tuning points other than PT or ET. ‘Life factors’ will play a role in influencing the inherent tuning results.

Next Steps

Create a scale using the identified trends and create a musical recording using this scale.


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Project #4 Comparison of Recorded Samples (2016)
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What does the Study involve?

An online survey to compare listeners experiences of 2 samples of the same piece of music in both ET and PT.or other frequencies.

Why this study?

To discern whether the two tuning systems  were noticeable when providing a direct comparison on the same piece of music.

Anticipated Outcomes

I anticipate that participants will find the PT to be quite noticeable and and potentially uncomfortable when being directly compared to ET.

Next Steps

Explore listeners experiences of PT on its own over a longer period of time. Capturing any benefits or enhanced experiences identified.

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