MICROTONAL FIDDLE TUNES
In 2013, Flynn began composing fiddle tunes in extended Just Intonation–specifically, using scales generated by modes of the harmonic series. This started with experiments using different ranges of the series, each with a different number of tones-per-octave: harmonics 4-8 (tetratonic), 5-10 (pentatonic), 6-12 (hexatonic), and 7-14 (heptatonic). Some of those "studies" are represented here, as well as other tunes that use the two latter modes. Each are performed by Flynn using an American take on an Irish-style bouzouki fitted with small sections of fretwire called "fretlets" (see www.fretlet.com) to produce the desired micro-intervals; he is joined by multi-genre fiddle virtuoso Duncan Wickel who learned to play the modes by ear.
The characteristic pitches of these scales that stand out to western ears are the 7th, 11th, and 13th harmonics of the series: a flat m7, flat A4, and sharp m6, respectively. For more information on the subject, see:
"THE GREEN FIELDS OF SHAKER HEIGHTS"
"NO INCOME VERIFICATION BLUES"
"THE GOATS GOT INTO DAD'S POT PLANTS"
Two Microtonal Fiddle Tunes:
"HEPTATONIC FIDDLE TUNE" & "THE GOATS GOT INTO DAD'S POT PLANTS" recorded during soundcheck at The ArtFarm (Accord, NY)