Novel Forces (2013)




solo 31-tone organ OR normal organ


Masato Suzuki / 12 January 2014 / Kleine Zaal, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, Netherlands


commissioned by the Huygens-Fokker Foundation

Novel Forces is a work for the 31-tone microtonal Fokker organ, housed in the small hall of the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. It attempts to breath contemporary life into the tonal structures of the late Baroque period through the new chords and scales available in the Fokker organ's unique temperament. It takes a particularly resonant chord from the harmonic series as a fresh "major chord" and then uses this chord within the hierarchies and gravitational forces of traditional tonality.

Harmony provides the momentum behind the work, while various grooves and textures are used to explore this new tonal space. Whatever your chosen analogy may be for the experience of the piece as a whole -- physical tension and release, an archetypal story, sex, evolution, departure and homecoming -- enjoy the journey.

[For those interested in the gritty tuning details, this tonality was formed by taking 31-TET approximations of harmonics 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 as the basic sonority, adding its transposition up and down a perfect fifth to create a master scale, and modulating this scale to various transpositions based on common-tones. In addition to the "major" mode of the scale in which the piece begins, a minor mode is also established, as another analogy to the late Baroque tonal system.]

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