R. Winchester is a composer, electronic musician and performer from Somerville, MA. Early compositions include works for theater and dance productions. Randy played electric bass with several Michigan rock bands in the early 1980s, most notably, Third Coast. The 1980s saw the release of two albums of electronic music, including some serial 12 tone compositions. During the 1990s, Randy dedicated himself to the study of microtonal tunings and released three albums of microtonal improvisations and compositions in all equal tempered tunings from 7 through 22 steps per octave, and several pieces in the exotic Bohlen-Pierce tuning. Randy is an avid trombonist and frequently performs with the Metal and Glass Ensemble, a Boston area group that performs microtonal drone music on unique bowed metal and JI tuned glasses.
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I can't recommend singing for xenharmonic embodiment any more. And I can't recommend a single microtonal album that has aged so well in ~18 years. This music is timeless but you must be willing to sing or hum or drum or dance along!
In the world of microtonal music, there are some big names, such as Sevish, City of the Asleep, just to name a few. They all use synths, yet this composers approach is different. I feel as though Mr. Winchester is the most "classically minded" because he seems to use synths as a composer of yesteryear would. For instance, in "two" there is an instrument that comes in that sounds like a French horn or some other low horn like a trombone. Another thing that sets R. Winchester apart is his lack of percussion that is quite freeing. Sevish, for example, is very good, but his heavy rhythm section give us as listeners a pat-answer about how to interpret his songs. There is much more give in, say, "two"'s rhythmic structure which makes it rich and rewarding. Overall, using similar tools, this album demonstrates that it is not the instruments, or even the synths that make the sound, but it is the composer. I feel as though I have 3 new Hemispheres to work with now. Thank you and keep up the excellent work!
The only complaint I have, as a micro-tonal student, is that the tunings for each song are not disclosed as far as I know.