Pseudo Equiheptatonic Music

by Gosheven

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Years ago I read an interview with György Ligeti where he spoke about the overused European tuning system and how he tried to escape it. He mentioned a few ethnomusicologists whose recordings were primary inspirations for his work. One of the names was Hugo Zemp and I immediately delved into his unbelievable recordings collected on the Southern part of Malaita island around the year 1970.

The music of the 'Are'are people back then was fragile and heartwarming, communal and sublimely celebratory. Ever since I simply haven't been able to escape the sounding of their panpipe ensembles. At the same time I feel really sad that - like so many plant and wildlife species - small local cultures are also disappearing at an alarming rate, theirs included. My whole research and artistic output can be seen as a dedication to these people of disappearing local cultures.

As a first step I recorded "Proto Equiheptatonic Music" last year where I used the theoretical equiheptatonic tuning system which is a close approximation of their musical DNA. Listen:

As I studied more and more - thanks to the scientific papers of Mr. Zemp - I could see the structures in finer details and as a consequence I could record "Pseudo Equiheptatonic Music" where I was using the exact tuning system of their recorded panpipe ensembles - but in a completely different context and vision. So I cannot emphasize enough that these musics cannot be considered as representations of their musical culture in any ways, rather an uninterrupted continuation of the ever-expanding universe of Gosheven's ceaseless dreaming.


released May 1, 2020

recorded live in Budapest on 11 January 2020
mastered by Balint Szabo
cover photo by Balint Szabo


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Gosheven Budapest, Hungary

Saving the world with alternate tunings, decolonizing practices, fragility, diversity.

After the widely-acclaimed debut Leaper, Bivaq is out now. "It is profoundly moving and as compelling as anything you’ll find around at the moment." (The Wire)
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