Miller and the MicroTones
|From:||Sally Caves <scaves@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, December 16, 1998, 3:19|
Nice samples, Herman. I wonder how often musical ability goes hand in
hand with linguistic ability. I've spent a lot of my spare time making
up tunes for Teonaht and chromatic waltzes, but I haven't attempted
(can't!) to sample it as you have... nor do I experiment with quarter
tones, which is what I think you're doing. The effect is very lovely
and bizarrrrrrrrrrrre. Can't hear your MIDI files, though. Netscape
asks me to download something, and I hate that.
On Wed, 16 Dec 1998, Herman Miller wrote:
Aro le thena neom, ma haikkebo vera.
"Snow breathes on us but doesn't fall."
> I've been playing around exploring the possibilities of microtonal music,
> see http://www.io.com/~hmiller/music/music.html
for a new sample of music
> in 16-note equal tuning. This led me to revisit my Jarrda musical notation
> (which doesn't adapt well to scales that aren't similar enough to just
> intonation or meantone tuning), and come up with a new system of note names
> for Hlererhoi.
> Hlererhoi has inherited Jarrda's calendar and most of the names of animals
> and plants. I've redesigned the ASCII spelling of Hlererhoi a few times,
> but I think it's just about stable enough to put together a preliminary web
> page describing the features of the language. Maybe next week when I take
> some of the vacation time I have saved up, I'll have time to do this.
> To sum up recent work on Hlererhoi, it's an AVO/VS language with two major
> parts of speech so far: verbs and adverbs. Various kinds of particles
> (prepositions, conjunctions, etc.) provide the structure for larger
> phrases. Arithmetic is base 12. So far I haven't written more than a few
> test sentences:
> zaghi e cira "the mouse is gray"
> k'ule n'i n'isen lira "it is a white-tailed deer"
> kelem n'i wari "I walk slowly"
> shavim cilen e nande "I want to go to the store"