The Bohlen-Pierce Symposium
First symposium on the Bohlen-Pierce scale, Boston, March 7 – 9, 2010
Moser-Booth: A Place Between Dark and Light

Mike Moser-Booth: A Place Between Dark and Light (2010)

Mike Moser-Booth – guitar & laptop
Though tuned to the Bohlen-Pierce scale, this piece uses a standard Western 12TET tuned guitar for input. The guitar is fed through a pitch tracker, which is then remapped to Bohlen-Pierce and used to trigger synths for the melody. The backing parts are mostly generated on the fly, with variations resulting from the guitar playing. The composition itself is loosely based on classical Indian music, as is the sound design, with some Western aesthetics. The exotic sound combined with the unusual, yet strong, harmonic nature of the Bohlen-Pierce scale lends itself quite well to the melodic and harmonic concepts of Indian music.

Mike Moser-Booth is a computer musician and guitarist born in Nashville, TN. He began his music career playing heavy metal, but an introduction to the avant garde composers of the twentieth century lead him to the realization of the vast possibilities of experimental composition and performance, and of sound itself. He now holds a B.M. in Music Synthesis from Berklee College of Music, where he developed an application that synthesizes sound through the manipulation of digital images. He has published music written for classical guitar, and his current work involves developing interactive performance systems using alternative controllers and live instruments.