Undertone Series, Variation 1

Composed by: Michael Uhler (b.1977)

Commissioned by Los Angeles Electric 8
 
“Undertone Series for 8 Electric Guitars” (2013) originally grew out of my curiosity to hear what the undertone series would sound like if it were put under a microscope. (The undertone series is a sequence of notes that results from inverting the intervals of the overtone series.) While originally it was intended as an experiment, the results were so musical sounding that I knew I needed to turn this into a performable piece. Initially, I envisioned the piece performed by pitched gongs. - Mike Uhler. This variation applies the original concept to an equal temperament tuning.