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hpr1794 :: 12-Tone Music and My Random 12 Tone Row of the Day

An Intro to 12-tone music and my "Random 12-Tone Row of the Day" bash script.

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Hosted by Jon Kulp on 2015-06-18 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
bash, dodecaphony, music theory, 12-tone, twelve-tone, scripting, Lilypond. 6.
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12-Tone Music (Dodecaphony) and My Random 12 Tone Row of the Day

In this episode I cover a bit of music theory as well as some bash scripting. The topic is the Twelve-Tone System of music composition and the scripting of a random 12-tone row to be generated daily. For a full transcript of the show click here.

randomly generated 12-tone



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Comment #1 posted on 2015-06-19 19:58:17 by Dave Morriss

Interesting lesson

I was aware of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern but have never found their music at all appealing, and have changed channels if they ever appeared on the radio. I feel I now have more of an insight into what they were trying to do, though sadly it hasn't made their music any more appealing.

Comment #2 posted on 2015-06-19 21:58:59 by Jon Kulp

Still Ugly

Dave, agreed. While the 12-tone technique has a certain elegance and analytical appeal, it didn't substantially increase the acceptance of the music by the general public.

Comment #3 posted on 2015-06-20 10:42:44 by Mike Ray

Atonal music vs. Unrepresentative visual art

It's interesting that changes in visual art away from the purely representative to things like impressionist, expressionist, Dada-ism and pure abstract didn't raise the same kind of objections as atonal music. Although there was some bad feeling from the traditionalists to impressionism I think that was just the usual "old folks don't like change" type.

Does this mean that things that offend our ears are inherently more palpably painful than things we look at?

Comment #4 posted on 2015-06-24 07:20:04 by Ken Fallon

RSS feed

Hi Jon,

Is there any chance of wrapping these in an RSS feed. It would be great to be able to automatically add them to my feed reader.

It would make an excellent little daily podcast.


Comment #5 posted on 2015-06-24 11:27:01 by Jon Kulp

Enjoy pain?

Glutton for punishment, eh?

Comment #6 posted on 2015-07-08 04:15:32 by FiftyOneFifty

Forbidden Planet

This ep reminded me of the theme from every SciFi film from the 50s, most notably the classic "The Forbidden Planet". I hope someone writes a script we can all lend our voices to and you can score.

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