Small assignment: Overtone series
Practical introduction to spectral music and the overtone series.
Goal and output
Practical introduction through playing an instrument to spectral music and the overtone series.
Improvisation based on the overtone series.
- Introduce students to the overtone series and write it on the board up to the 12th or 16th partial, depending on how advanced the students are. C2 is a useful fundamental.
- Present and have the students listen to spectral music (e.g. Grisey, Murail).
- Improvise using the notes of the overtone series. This may be a free improvisation or a structured one (e.g. ostinato + solos). You may restrict the pitches used from time to time, e.g. by instructing the students only to play pitches from the 7th partial (minor seventh) upwards.
- With advanced students, you may try changing fundamentals in mid-improvisation.
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