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Seek a Lowly Place

Michael Hugh Dixon

Subtle tunings, delicious harmonies.

The melody is from my work 'A Hundred Valleys' which has two forms, both of which are in 3 parts. Version 1 is for 19-div trumpet, played by Stephen Altoft and found on his album 'The Yasser Collection'. Version 2 is for horn and is published by Wirripang. This version has rich harmonies and is only part one of the earlier versions.

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Amoghasiddhi

Michael Hugh Dixon & Ian O'Brien

Just intonation with a mood of spirituality

Music honouring the Meditation Buddha of All-Acomplishing-Wisdom. Solo horn plus 8 horns playing in just intonation to the 19th harmonic. Performed by Michael H Dixon and Ian O'Brien; recorded by Ian O'Brien in 2005.

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Heart to Heart, Mind to Mind

Michael Hugh Dixon

A short heartfelt melody with rich harmonies played in 4 just intonation tunings for French horn ensemble.

Just intonation for French horn ensemble. A short melody is played 6 times each subtly varied in counterpoint and rich harmonies.The widest interval is a fourth. The melodies are repeated with smaller steps, changing the harmonies, the flavour and deepening the relation between heart and mind. The widest interval is a major 3rd. The feel is more urgent. Again, the melodies are repeated with smaller steps. The widest interval is a wide minor 3rd. The feel is more urgent yet. Again, the melodies are repeated with smaller steps. The counterpoint is more florid. The widest interval is a small minor 3rd. The feel is broad and continues to broaden. We go smaller and deeper. Heart to heart, mind to mind.

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Epictetus the Younger

Byron Westbury & Ray Avard

Contemporary Classical Microtonal

The music has a bold opening inspired by the story of Greek philosopher Epictetus. The lyrical mid section is a 'song' based on one of his sayings: 'Your will is always within your power." The trumpet tunes a number of pitches to sound as upper harmonics of the piano chords which bring considerable character to the music. Cover art copyright 2019 vsevolod vlaskine, all rights reserved.

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I Heard That Cry

Michael Hugh Dixon, Greg Van Der Struik & Ed Diefes

The gorgeous resonance of brass in Just intonation.

The primal cry of a baby that demands attention. A poem by Chryssy Tintner inspired a short work for for horn, trombone and tuba using a few blues notes, flat 7ths and neutral 3rds (neither major, nor minor). The music is a twist on a 12 bar blues structure, but here as a 25 bars with each segment of 5 bars repeated in a way to make 50 bars. I may have forgotten the baby's cry when writing the music and imagined the sound of a crow, or a magpie or a currawong, all of which visit our backyard from time to time.

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Stillness of Unceasing Activity

Greg Van Der Struik

Trombone solo in Just intonation. 7th harmonics and 7th harmonics of 7th harmonics in fanfare and verse.

The title refers to the analogy of a spinning top. When looking at the top one feels centred, serene, even still, whilst sensing the level of energy and activity required to keep the top spinning. Dr. Isabella Mears makes this analogy after her translation of chapter XLIII of The Tao Te King. The text compares the enrichment gained by looking outward with the stillness possible when connected with the Inner Self. Outward experience will never fully satisfy whilst the “activity of Inner Life becomes the stillness of Inner Life.” The opening musical gesture and the following metric modulations point to this activity. The ‘verses’ relate to the enrichment of “activity in learning.” Verse Three moves gradually towards the activity of Inner Life.

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Silver Art Upstream

Michael H Dixon

Gorgeous just intonation harmonies with the lush sounds of 6 horns and 4 for the 3rd title.

Our Days was composed as a song yet played by solo horn with 5 horns multitracked to provide lovely weaving harmonies in 13-limit just intonation. The solo part was performed by the composer in Freiburg for EUROMicroFest2017 in May 2017 and in Sydney the same month for the Oort Festival. The title Silver Art Upstream was also performed in the same way at both events and is a Chorus repeated twice with the music slightly changed and separated by interludes to give the feeling of swimming and diving. The title This Instant, for 4 horns, is released in recording form for this album and is a series of palindromes in which the middle note is omitted part way through to foster a sense of meditative silence.

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