Dialogue by Chris Bryan

from The Yasser Collection by Stephen Altoft

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Dividing the octave into 19 tones presents some exciting and unfamiliar intervals, as well as subtly nuanced versions of familiar ones. With his trumpet, Stephen Altoft has effectively realised the potential of this tuning in acoustic performance. In this ‘dialogue’, the computer makes the sound of these intervals even more striking by sampling and re-
presenting the acoustic material as vertical sonorities. The contrast between the acoustic and electronic elements of the piece is mirrored in the composition itself, which juxtaposes stable harmonic sonorities and smooth melodic lines with unpredictable, chaotic dissonanc- es. It is this tension, which moves the piece forward through its various sonic terrains as the performer and computer explore different aspects of this unusual relationship.


from The Yasser Collection, released May 28, 2019


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Stephen Altoft is dedicated to the creation of new repertoire for the trumpet. As a solo artist, and with percussionist Lee Ferguson as duo Contour, he has given concerts throughout Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada.

He is particularly working on microtonal trumpets and microtonal flugelhorn, with Donald Bousted, as Microtonal Projects.
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