Microtonal metal?

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  1. ixlramp

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    Stumbled upon this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agJAsNmf6Z8
    "(demo) microtonal technical progressive atmospheric blackened death metal ? #2"
    "An original song using a guitar with certain frets divided into quarter tones (aka microtonal). Hope you enjoy!"
     
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    This sounds super nice! Thanks.
     
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    jesus...your album just annihilated me beyond nonexistence. .......:scream:
     
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    you can actually use Sibelius to put it in standard notation (used for quartertones), which is great notation/playback software for composing and transcribing, etc
     
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    A 'Just Intonation' fretting self conversion by Jack.


    Quartertone Ibanez RG8, Maqam Rast, by Wael Dao.
    "Maqam Rast is one of the most popular Maqams used in arabic music, it is similar to the Ionian Mode but with the 3rd and 7th degree lowered by a 1/4tone."


    Distorted Bohlen-Pierce bass, by Zibethicus.
    Bohlen-Pierce is 13 equal divisions of the tritave (3rd harmonic, 19.02 semitones). It uses scales that repeat at the tritave (a tripling of frequency) instead of at the octave. While our conventional system of tones is derived from the natural harmonics, Bohlen-Pierce is derived from odd harmonics only.

    Also, new album out from Jute Gyte on July 10th.
     
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    First of a series of videos by Wael Daou.
    The RG8 looks so good with quartertone frets.
     
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    I think it would look better with quartertones up to the 24th (regular) fret. And, on another personal note, I'm not a huge fan of his compositions.
     
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    Thanks for sharing! Great sounds. I've been wanting to try microtonal drone metal for a while, as I've never played a microtonal electric guitar yet and think drone would be incredibly manageable on even the wildest of JI fretboards. The genre much solves the limited transposition problem too ;)
     
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    bostjan MicroMetal Contributor

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    Horse Lords is a good find. I had never heard of them before. It looks like the microtonal thing that is going to come closest to catching on is the 12-EDO with some extra 24-EDO quarter tone frets here and there. That's how I started with different tunings.

    Here's me in 2008:


    12-EDO with 24-EDO hybrid tuning.

    My biggest gripe with Horse Lords is that I hear a lot of the same note, and once the faster parts are going, while rhythmically interesting, they seem to be a kind of repetition of 3-4 notes in a round with different overlapping rhythms, which is cool, but I'm ready for something to change after about 20 seconds...yet I sometimes have to wait more than two minutes for a different riff, which isn't a whole lot different.

    I've been following Cryptic Ruse for a while now...I think I first heard of them here as well. I think they are getting better each release.
     
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    bostjan MicroMetal Contributor

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    Is there, like, a list of microtonal bands kept anywhere? It's been quiet in this thread lately, and I want to try to fins something new. The microtonal tag on bandcamp left me unimpressed. It doesn't have to be metal, although that'd be a plus.
     
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    There is none to my knowledge, unfortunately.
     
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    This thread is the most complete list of microtonal guitar bands i know of.
    For non-guitar bands the FB group 'Xenharmonic Alliance II' has lots of links and music posted.

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    King Gizzard live in studio 4 track set:
     
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    Band showcase - The Mercury Tree
    https://themercurytree.bandcamp.com/

    The once alternative metal band who evolved to become one of the most forward thinking progressive rock outfits. They now frequently use microtones in their music, amidst regular 12-edo even! I think their quality as a band reached a breakthrough at their album Countenance, and only keeps getting better with their most recent album, Permutations.

     
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    ^ Pretty interesting soundscapes there.

    Wow, that "Unintelligible" track is amazingly tight! I'm going to have to follow this band.
     
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    Good stuff, I can't pin why I am enjoying it, but really good stuff.
     
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    Definitely not metal, and not really musical, but this was me this weekend playing with different quarter inch cables plugged into my audio interface and subjected to different LED light bulb drivers as a sort of inoperable analog synthesizer.

    https://bostjanzupancic.bandcamp.com/track/literally-only-buzzing

    It's a very slow-paced track, so kudos to anyone who makes it through all almost twelve minutes of it.
     
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    Definitely not metal, and not really musical, but this was me this weekend playing with different quarter inch cables plugged into my audio interface and subjected to different LED light bulb drivers as a sort of inoperable analog synthesizer.

    https://bostjanzupancic.bandcamp.com/track/literally-only-buzzing

    It's a very slow-paced track, so kudos to anyone who makes it through all almost twelve minutes of it.
     
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