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Skateboard ramp. Under a tree. Shadows from the tree. Hopscotch on the asphalt in front of it. Afternoon sun.
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The shadows from the brick pattern were what initially drew me to this view. It’s one that I’ve tried to photograph before, but discarded because of some exposure blow out on clouds in the sky. This time round nothing to complicate the photograph. My only wish is that there was a little more clarity on the tree in the distance, but it’s fine as long as you don’t zoom in.
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(Auto &) Pladeværksted: Car mechanic courtyard with the concrete of the Lundbeck building looming up behind it – mechanics for the human body. With strange hairy Van Gogh trees in the whatever-mans-land between them.
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Sunday afternoon in the park. Grasses, an expanse of water. On the other side of it, grasses too. Trees. The sounds of birds singing. A wonderfully clear sky (the blue of the photograph not entirely true to life, but beautiful nonetheless) and a crisp wind.
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A building, with a shadow, mirrored in the triangular form of the gable. Pointing upwards. The same with a building alongside. Actually it’s that one that’s casting the shadow. Small trees with pink blossoms in front of a lower wall joining the two. The light blossoms in contrast to the shadowed wall. An arched entranced at the one end of said wall. And another, small one, towards the right.
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Could be a weird home icon. With a door to enter into. And an antenna on the top that gets me thinking of Ratatouille getting his chanterelles smoked by lightning.
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Not so many words today – just a tree in a little corner of the world and a play of shadows on the wall.
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A slightly different picture for today. Looking up for a change, while waiting for my daughter. This is one of those cases where there’s a marked difference between how you perceive a scene in real life, and how it turns out in a photo. In this case it was the parabol (satellite dish) antenna on one of the balconies that caught my eye and would have featured much more prominently had this been a drawing. In the photograph you almost don’t notice it at the bottom. But the clouds have a nice flowing quality and there’s a seagull up in the middle of the picture which I only noticed when looking at the photograph now.
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I’ve been exploring with the Partch 43-tone scale and one of the things I’ve been curious about is how one might go about navigating a scale that has so many degrees.

My first step has been to add a colour scheme to the overlay that I created for the Sensel Morph, based on the colours that Partch himself used on his Chromolodeons.

With that the symmetry of the scale becomes immediately apparent. The coloured hexagons are the ratios from the 11-limit tonality diamond that Partch has at the core of his scale, and the grey hexagons are the additional tones that he added in-between those core ratios as a way of filling in some of the wider gaps, and making a wider range of harmonies possible.

So the ratios in the top right hand quadrant will be mirrored in the bottom left, and vice versa. To demonstrate: a pure fifth 1/1:3/2 will correspondingly give me a pure fifth here 2/1:4/3. I can also go to another degree of the scale, 16/15:8/5 will corresponding give me a pure fifth here 15/8:5/4. You can also do that on other degrees of the scale 81/80:32/21, but here you won’t get a pure fifth, you can hear some beating, and the same thing here 21/20:11/7, 33/32:14/9 slightly faster beating. But if I go back to one of the pure fifths 1/1:3/2 and add a third 5/4 you get a nice pure major triad, or minor 1/1:6/5:3/2. There are also two ‘alternative’ degrees of the scale, e.g. here 10/9:4/3 I get a minor third, but if I take this one 11/10:4/3 it’s no longer in tune, but what it does give me is a purely tuned major second (10/9), and correspondingly 20/11:18/11, I get the pure major second over there.

So that’s a little start in how one might go about navigating the 43 tones of the scale. I find the the symmetries are really useful in reducing the amount of information that one has to deal with.

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↬ The next issue of my newsletter will be sent out this evening, 21:00. The symmetries of Harry Partch’s 43-tone scale, my lockdown photo project, some follow up on NFTs, and a musical ‘discovery’.
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