THE WILSON ARCHIVES

These represent some of Wilson's earliest and simplest observations.
It is helpful to have some sense of the harmonic and subharmonic series as well as be able to add and subtract ratios and use logarithms base 2.

Since there are introductory books on the subject, each with their own take, it is best for the reader to survey and choose which feels best, although having a knowledge of different perspectives is likewise helpful. A special introductory book to Wilson's work is currently in preparation by Terumi Narushima and is due to be published by Routledge in 2016. If you would like to be notified please contact us.

The first section looks at some musical resources of the harmonic and subharmonic series as well as combinations of two similar series. These contain some important historical scales of both pentatonic and tetrachordal varieties.
These also work well as simple tunings or instruments that can be expanded depending on one's inclination.

Wilson's Paper on Moments of Symmetry is one of his most well known contributions to scale making. It focuses upon the importance of melodic integrity and thus suspends the question of harmony as a separate influence to scale making.

There is a 'plethora of material' here as Wilson might say and one should not feel that this material could be exhausted quickly. Some have spent decades with these papers yet knowledge of them provides basic materials to orient one to further possibilities.

Welcome to this basic introduction to his work.

 

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